01567 - Enterprise Economics

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

This course provides an introduction to some important economic topics relevant for business students.

Course contents

1. Intellectual property

a) patents

b) trade secrets,

c) copyright and trademark


2. Economic theories of the firm

a) the firm as authority

b) the firm as a nexus of contrats

c) the firm and specific investment

3. Law and finance

4. International perspective: Italy, Germany, UK, USA,Japan


Franzoni - Marchesi, Economia e politica economica del diritto, cap. 3, 6, 7.

Hart, Imprese contratti e struttura finanziaria, Giuffrè, cap. 2

(or Nicita e Scoppa, Economia dei contratti, Carocci, cap.8)

Denicolò-Franzoni: Weak Intellectual Property Rights, Research Spillovers, and the Incentive to Innovate , «AMERICAN LAW AND ECONOMICS REVIEW», 2012, 14/1, pp. 111 - 140

Teaching methods

Lectures + students' s presentations

Assessment methods

Written exam. 1 hour.

Office hours

See the website of Luigi Alberto Franzoni