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University of Zurich Business | Master's level

The Economics of Innovation


22 Feb 2022 — 28 Jun 2022

Innovation may save life (think of the Covid19 vaccines), it may make work more productive (think of computers), it may life more entertaining (think of streaming services).

This course will discuss the incentives to innovate and how policy may want to optimally design these incentives.

And yes, we will talk a lot about the Covid19 mRNA vaccines and the incentive structures which lead to their rapid development.


Prerequisites

While the lecture focuses on the intuition behind main concepts and is easy to follow, the tutorials are hard and require substantial knowledge in oligopoly and game theory.


Grading
This course will not be graded.

Class sessions (GMT-12:00) International Date Line West


Teacher
Prof. Ulrich Kaiser
Course Website
Open
Mode of Participation
None
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University of Zurich Economics | Bachelor's level

Global Policy Analysis: Poverty, Development, Growth (2022)


22 Feb 2022 — 31 May 2022

This course has two primary objectives: First, it provides students with a solid overview of what we know about key topics of global development, such as the trends in poverty around the world, inequality, access to education and healthcare, international migration, world hunger and population growth. Second, it equips students with tools to critically assess statistical claims and analysis about these issues of global development, by providing an introduction to commonly used empirical methods. In other words: how to spot when someone lies with data? Students will have some opportunities to try out these methods themselves in a hands-on way.


Prerequisites

Students need to have already taken at least introductory university-level classes in economics and statistics. Good familiarity with statistical concepts such regression analysis and standard deviation and with economic concepts such as marginal cost and benefits, externalities, or income elasticity.


Grading scale

1-6


Graded components

We will only grade exams for remote students who hand in all problem sets during the semester


Class sessions (GMT+01:00) Zurich
  • Tuesday, 04:15 PM— 06:00 PM (Lecture)
  • Thursday, 04:15 PM— 06:00 PM (Practice Session)


Teacher
Prof. Dina Pomeranz
Course Website
Open
Mode of Participation
None
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