75572 - Green Technology and Innovation

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

Affordable and clean energy Decent work and economic growth Industry, innovation and infrastructure Sustainable cities

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will have an in-depth understanding of the economic approach, both theoretical and empirical, to technology, science and innovation. In particular, topics covered include the sources of technological change, the institutions and policies that promote innovation and the impact of innovation and technology on competitiveness and the economy. Case studies and historical examples will be mostly environment- and energy-related.

Course contents

Lecture 1 (3 hrs) Introduction + Green Growth

Lecture 2 (3 hrs) Green Investment

Lecture 3 (3 hrs) Technological Change Definitions + Technological Progress

Lecture 4 (3 hrs) Market Failures in Knowledge

Lecture 5 (3 hrs) Globalisation & Innovation. Deadline for submitting the presentations

Lecture 6 (3 hrs) Demand for Energy Efficiency

Lecture 7 (3 hrs) Presentations 1

Lecture 8 (3 hrs) Presentations 2

Lecture 9 (3 hrs) Energy Economics (historical perspective)

Lecture 10 (3 hrs) Innovation and Behaviour + Review (time permitting)


Assigned readings and lecture slides. 

The interested student may look for further insights in the following chapters:

  • Chapter 28 - Economic Growth and the Environment: A Review of Theory and Empirics. By William A. Brock and M. Scott Taylor. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1574-0684(05)01028-2
  • Chapters 2, 16, 20 and 21 from https://www.core-econ.org/the-economy/book/text/0-3-contents.html

Teaching methods

Traditional lectures.

Assessment methods

Written test consisting of open questions

Presentations and assignments

Details will be provided at the beginning of lectures.

Teaching tools


Office hours

See the website of Alessandro Tavoni