Scheda insegnamento


L'insegnamento contribuisce al perseguimento degli Obiettivi di Sviluppo Sostenibile dell'Agenda 2030 dell'ONU.

Energia pulita e accessibile Lavoro dignitoso e crescita economica Industria, innovazione e infrastrutture Città e comunità sostenibili

Anno Accademico 2018/2019

Conoscenze e abilità da conseguire

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 business competition and the economy. Case studies and historical examples will be mostly environment- and energy-related.


Lecture 1 (Tue, 3 hrs) Introduction + Green Growth

Lecture 2 (Thu, 3 hrs) Green Investment

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

Lecture 4 (Thu, 3 hrs) Market Failures in Knowledge

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

Lecture 6 (Thu, 3 hrs) Demand for Energy Efficiency

Lecture 7 (Tue, 3 hrs) Presentations 1 

Lecture 8 (Thu, 3 hrs) Presentations 2

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

Lecture 10 (Thu, 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

Metodi didattici

Traditional lectures.

Modalità di verifica dell'apprendimento

Written test consisting of open questions

Presentations and assignments

Details will be provided at the beginning of lectures.

Strumenti a supporto della didattica


Link ad altre eventuali informazioni


Orario di ricevimento

Consulta il sito web di Alessandro Tavoni