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Economics of Innovation and Technological Change

Economics and technological changes


Deadline for Registration

May 20th, 2024

The outcome of the application will be communicated to all candidates by email after the deadline.


July 15th-19th, 2024

Learning objectives

The Seasonal School programme on “Economics of Innovation and Technological Change” addresses both the theoretical and the empirical underpinnings of the economics of innovation and technical change, as well as recent debates at the frontier of the field. The topics covered include: technological paradigms and trajectories, innovation and firm strategies, sectoral patterns of innovation, analysis of patent data, innovation and economic growth, innovation and competitiveness, innovation and intellectual property rights. The programme also offers an overview of statistical methods and techniques aimed at analysing relevant empirical data for innovation studies. Students will gain frameworks and tools to understand key-issues in this field: how do we measure innovation? How do firms exploit innovation in different sectors? What is the connection between intellectual property rights regimes and innovation? Which are the most effective tools to foster innovation in different contexts?

Teaching methodologies

Students will engage with and will learn from full-time professors from the Sant’Anna Institute of Economics through a mix of lecture-based and laboratory classes.

Who should attend this Seasonal School?

Advanced undergraduate, Master and PhD students, notably in Economics and Social Sciences.

Applications from abroad are warmly encouraged. Young Scholars Initiative will cover the travel expenses of 3 EU (excluding students enrolled in an Italian institution) and 4 non-EU students. The Institute of Economics of the School might grant the tuition fee for selected applications by YSI.  Interested students should fill out the form available at:

Please note that we will share your application information with YSI for the selection of travel grants. By sending your application, you agree to these conditions.

About us

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