Economics plays a central role in policy, business, and competition regulation—not to mention debates on issues ranging from intellectual property to network neutrality. It’s important to understand how technology shapes economic life, and to study the economic and social implications of new market structures and business models. Economic analysis can be used as a methodological toolset for rigorous thinking about important social issues, with strong positive and normative policy statements emerging naturally from this foundation.
Economics is a really general purpose, flexible and rigorous set of tools for thinking about behaviour: why people behave the way they do, and what are the origins of that behaviour in the environment they find themselves in. Our MSc courses offer an introduction to the economics of the Internet and to economics as a tool for social research more generally, as well as to the debates and practices surrounding ICT uses in the Global South and Global North.