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Fall 2014-2015
ECO 326   na, npdf

Economics of the Internet: The Digital Revolution

Swati Bhatt

Using applied microeconomic theory and case studies, this course examines the impact of digital technology on markets. In a connected economy, information is freely, constantly and ubiquitously available to all participants. We ask how these features affect the way markets function. Topics include the economics of platform markets, social networks, technological innovation, intellectual property, internet security, privacy and other regulatory issues. Using case studies, we cover the impact of the internet on education, health, media and new industries, such as big-data; internet search, online advertising, mobile and cloud computing.

Sample reading list:
Easley, David and Jon Kleinberg, Networks, Crowds and Markets
Schmidt, Eric and Jared Cohen, The New Digital Age: Reshaping The Future of People, Nations

Reading/Writing assignments:
50 pages.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%
Problem set(s) - 30%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
ECO 300 or ECO 310 or permission of instructor.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21922 L01 3:00 pm - 4:20 pm T Th   Jadwin Hall   A09   Enrolled:51 Limit:70
21923 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled