INFO 234/134 Information Technology Economics, Strategy, and Policy

Spring 2019


Course Description

Application of economic tools and principles, including game theory, industrial organization, information economics, and behavioral economics, to analyze business strategies and public policy issues surrounding information technologies and IT industries. Topics include: economics of information; economics of information goods, services, and platforms; strategic pricing; strategic complements and substitutes; competition models; network industry structure and telecommunications regulation; economics of information security; economics of privacy; cascades and social epidemics; network formation and network structure; peer production.

Course Logistics

Meeting Time

    Mondays and Wednesdays 2-3:30pm in 210 South Hall


    John Chuang
    Office: 303A South Hall
    Office hours: Tuesdays 12:30-1:30pm
    Reader: Jeremy Gordon
    Office hours: Wednesdays 1-2pm in 110 South Hall (Co-Lab)

Assignments and Project Policy

    Assignments and projects are posted on bCourses.

    Unless otherwise noted, assignments and projects are due at 2pm on the due date.
    • Submissions *up to* 24 hours after the deadline will be penalized 20%.
    • Submissions after 24 hours will receive no credit.

Academic Integrity

    Discussion with instructors and classmates is allowed/encouraged, but each student must turn in individual, original work and cite sources where appropriate.

    UC Berkeley Code of Student Conduct: http://sa.berkeley.edu/code-of-conduct