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Industrial Policy: Economic Transition

Maastricht Summer School
Netherlands, Maastricht
Maastricht Summer School Netherlands, Bonnefantenstraat 2, 6211 KL Maastricht, The Netherlands
Tuition fee €999 one-time
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Course Description
This course explores industrial policies and governmental strategies designed to boost the advancement of specific economic sectors by enhancing productivity, fostering innovation, and improving competitiveness. In the contemporary landscape, pivotal elements driving economic and societal transformations include the digital revolution and the shift towards environmental sustainability. This course delves into the design and implementation of industrial policies to drive digital innovation and green transition by combining theoretical concepts with evidence-based policies from diverse nations. It aims to enhance the understanding of emerging industrial policies, particularly those centred on digital and green transitions, and provide students with the knowledge and practical tools for meaningful contributions to research and policy development.

• Students will gain knowledge on topics related to industrial policies, applied in national and regional contexts, and gain a deeper understanding of green and digital transition policies.
• Students will implement principles of emerging industrial policy and will be equipped with policy tools for implementation of practical knowledge in policy development.
• Prepare students for policy leadership roles.

Recommended Literature
1. The Oxford Handbook of Industrial Policy(2020). Oqubay, Arkebe, and others (eds), Oxford Handbooks ; online edn, Oxford Academic. doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198862420.001.0001
2. Cohen, Elie (2006): Theoretical foundations of industrial policy, EIB Papers, ISSN 0257-7755, European Investment Bank (EIB), Luxembourg, Vol. 11, Iss. 1, pp. 84-106
3. International Handbook on Industrial Policy (2006). Bianchi, Patrizio and Sandrine Labory (eds), Handbook, Edgar Publishing. ISBN: 978 1 84376 836 4
4. Mazzucato, M. and Rodrik, D. (2023). Industrial Policy with Conditionalities: A Taxonomy and Sample Cases. UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, Working Paper Series (IIPP WP 2023-07). Available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/public-purpose/wp2023-07
5. Economic Transformations: General Purpose Technologies and Long-Term Economic Growth (2006). By Richard G. Lipsey, Kenneth I. Carlaw, and Clifford T. Bekar (eds): Oxford University Press, Oxford.
6. United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI) (2023). Investing for the Economic transition: the case of whole-of-government policy reform. Policy white paper. www.unpri.org/download?ac=19355
7. United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, United Nations Environment Programme, & United Nations Development Programme (2012). From Transition to Transformation Sustainable and Inclusive Development in Europe and Central Asia. wedocs.unep.org/20.500.11822/33630.
8. Schlaile, M., Urmetzer, S., Blok, V., Andersen, A., Timmermans, J., Mueller, M., Fagerberg, J., & Pyka, A. (2017). Innovation Systems for Transformations towards Sustainability? Taking the Normative Dimension Seriously. Sustainability (Basel, Switzerland), 9(12), 2253-. doi.org/10.3390/su9122253
9. OECD (2019), Going Digital: Shaping Policies, Improving Lives, OECD Publishing, Paris,doi.org/10.1787/9789264312012-en.
10. OECD (2022), Going Digital Guide to Data Governance Policy Making, OECD Publishing, Paris,doi.org/10.1787/40d53904-en.

Teaching Method
To be announced

Assessment Method
To be announced

Course Coordinator
Dr. Tatevik Poghosyan & Dr. Claudia De Fuentes

Programme structure

1. Introduction to Industrial Policy

2. The Theoretical foundation of Industrial Policy
Conceptual framework for Industrial policies.
Macroeconomics and Structural Change.
Competition Policy and Innovation.

3. Research, Technology, and Innovation
Intellectual Property and Market dynamics.
Science-based Industries and spin-offs.
Science Parks and high-tech clusters.

4. The practical aspects of the Industrial policy
Industrial policies challenges and opportunities.
Regional and national strategies for industrial policies.
Smart specialization, country’s revealed advantages, and global competitiveness.
Case studies may include Canada, UK, US, Emerging economies.

5. Economic Transition
Growth, Technological Change, General Purpose Technologies, Climate Change, and Social Change.
Policy approach towards economic transition.
Existing transition policy frameworks. (e.g., China, EU, Japan, USA, Canada)

6. Digital economy transition
The role of different sectors towards digital transition.
Discussion on key issues such as privacy, security, innovation, technology adoption.
Policy dimensions to consider for digital transition. (e.g., access, use, innovation, market, privacy and security, jobs, society)

7. Green economy transition
Identifying green growth opportunities and the role of industrial policy in seizing those opportunities.
The role of different sectors towards the green economy transition.
Policy instruments for green economy transition.
Implementing growth strategy.

Apply now! Maastricht Summer School 2023/24
Application deadline
12 Jul 2024, 23:59:59
Central European Time
Studies commence
12 Aug 2024
Apply now! Maastricht Summer School 2023/24
Application deadline
12 Jul 2024, 23:59:59
Central European Time
Studies commence
12 Aug 2024