Professor Greg Taylor
Associate Professor, Senior Research Fellow, Director of Graduate Studies
Greg Taylor's research focuses on the economics of competition policy and regulation for digital and technology markets.
Internet Economics is the OII’s economics course. The course aims to introduce students to the economics of technology (as a substantive body of knoweldge), and to economic modelling (as a method for studying social phenomena). The focus is on using the tools of economics both to understand social phenomena and to practice better policy and strategy. Along the way, we’ll learn about many of the key issues in the economics of the digital realm: price discrimination, regulation of large tech firms, platform pricing, network effects and market tipping, online auctions, intellectual property and innovation, and consumer search to name but a few. We’ll study the principles that underlie many of the business models and strategies observed in digital markets, and come to understand the rationale for various kinds of common policy intervention.
Throughout this course we will see how economic analysis can be used as a methodological toolset for rigorous thinking about important social issues, and how strong positive and normative policy statements emerge naturally from this foundation. We will also see how this framework has been (and is being) applied to a broad range of topics and questions related to the Internet and technology. No prior knowledge of economics is necessary.
At the end of this course students will have: