Innovation and Development Patterns around the Globe
Full course description
In this course, we look at four major regions in the world, Latin- America, Asia, Africa, and the developed world (Europe, North America, Australia). The emphasis is on describing, analysing and understanding the relative growth performance of the countries in these regions. An important question is how governments contributed to development, especially in terms of policies that facilitate technology transfer. We also pay attention to the role of multinational companies, international institutions (e.g., WTO, World Bank), and intellectual property rights.
In this sense, the course builds on and extends the previous course (Recommended / IID4105 Innovation and Global Income Distribution). The big gaps in the world income distribution come from gaps in productivity levels. Innovation in order to catch up in many developing countries was absent until recently. Therefore the course concentrates on searching for information country wise (to be collected in a paper: one country investigated by one student). Moreover, students in the course review new literature on innovation in developing countries.
To gain understanding about the variety of development patterns and industrial policies across the global economy.
To learn efficient policy measures to tackle development, industrial and global economic problems.
To learn about conditions under which technical progress, growth and globalization are beneficial or disastrous.
To learn about conditions under which globalization enhances growth rates.
To understand global economic development based on orientation knowledge.
To learn screening new literature.
Recommended: Completion of Innovation and Global Income Distribution (IID4105)
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