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ME2708 Economic Growth: Technology, Investments and Society 7.5 credits

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus ME2708 (Spring 2016–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The aim of the course is to give students both broad and deep knowledge of the facts and the theories of economic growth. A special emphasis is placed on the relationship between technological development and economic growth.

The course starts with presenting facts about economic growth and then the four main growth paradigms are introduced: the neoclassical model, the Romer product variety model, the Schumpeterian model and the AK model.

The study of economic growth requires highly theoretical models in order to understand how different factors affect the development of the economy and a large part of the course is devoted to develop students' ability to use mathematics in solving these models. Group work and seminars are essential parts of the course, where students will develop good working skills in using relevant mathematical tools for analyzing economic growth and designing growth policies.

Intended learning outcomes

After completed course, the participants shall be able to:

  • understand the relationship between technological development and economic growth
  • use basic theoretical and mathematical tools to analyze long-term economic growth
  • understand and reflect on the four main growth paradigms’ implications for economic policy
  • use mathematical models to analyze the role of physical capital, human capital, R&D, institutions, entrepreneurship and innovation for economic growth
  • analyze the role of natural resources in sustainable economic growth
  • read, interpret and assess both basic and highly technical theoretical and empirical research on economic growth

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Completed and documented upper secondary education including documented proficiency in English B or equivalent (TOEFL, IELTS  e g) and at least 30 higher education credits in mathematics/economics.

Recommended prerequisites

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Jones, C. and Vollrath, D. (2013), Introduction to Economic Growth (3rd edition), Norton & Co: UK/USA.

Additional articles

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


    Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

    The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

    Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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    Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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    Ethical approach

    • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
    • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
    • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

    Further information

    Course web

    Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

    Course web ME2708

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    Main field of study

    Industrial Management, Technology and Economics

    Education cycle

    Second cycle

    Add-on studies

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    Supplementary information

    This course replaces ME2703