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Santa Clara University: Econ 186

The Economics of Digitization 

Course OutlineDigitization has dramatically reduced the costs of data storage and transmission. As a result, digitization has substantially decreased transaction costs, which has lead to fundamental changes in the organization of economic activity. The course explores the impact of different digital technologies on the behavior of markets and market outcomes. It combines tools and insights from a number of fields, including industrial organization, labor economics, the economics of innovation, and applied econometrics. Topics covered include big data, copyright and online piracy, apps markets, online retailers, social media, online gaming, and virtual currencies. 

  • Class 1: Introduction
  • Class 2: Online markets
  • Class 3: Big data
  • Class 4: Applications in R: Google Tools for Economic Analysis
  • Class 5: Copyright and digitization
  • Class 6: Online piracy
  • Class 7: Internet access and use
  • Class 8: Applications in R: Access to Data I -- APIs
  • Class 9: The online apps market
  • Class 10: Online marketing
  • Class 11: Applications in R: Access to Data II -- Web crawlers and scrapers 
  • Class 12: Online recommendation systems
  • Class 13: Online matching markets
  • Class 14: Cryptocurrencies
  • Class 15: Applications in R: Introduction to Machine Learning I
  • Class 16: Online gaming
  • Class 17: Crowdfunding
  • Class 18: Applications in R: Introduction to Machine Learning II