Jun 14, 2024  
2021-2022 Academic Catalog 
2021-2022 Academic Catalog [Published Catalog]

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ECON 320/3055 - The Digital Economy: The Economics of New Technologies and Development (3 cr.)

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The course engages students in timely debates related to the digital economy and inclusive development, with focus on the interests and realities of developing countries and their global position amidst these deliberations. In the age of what has been coined the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’, new digital technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning are expected to infiltrate and transform all aspects of human lives and shape the future of economies. This raises important questions on challenges and opportunities associated with these technologies, and whether they are promoting equitable growth or exacerbating existing inequalities, especially in the context of developing countries.

The course equips students to be active contributors to the developmental discourse on the digital economy, and active participants in digital entrepreneurship and innovation initiatives. Course topics include (but are not limited to) technological revolutions and developmental divides, productivity paradox, big data challenges and opportunities, the application (app) economy, and artificial intelligence and inclusion.


When Offered
Offered in fall and spring.

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