Economics 354

Economics of Science and Technology
Jeffrey Parker, Reed College
Spring Semester, 2018

"Every invention contains some borrowing and every borrowing contains some invention." - L. S. De Camp

Econ 354 Class News

  • Information about the national-innovation-system final project is now available. Please respond by email with your preferences for country and research partners before Monday, March 26. I will form groups on Monday morning with or without your responses.
  • Fun patents
  • Two useful resources are listed in the navigation bar at left. A Guide to Reading Economics Papers will help you with difficult papers from economics journals. A brief Introduction to Econometrics will help you understand the statistical analysis we will encounter in many papers.

Bad Economist Joke of the Week

A man was sent to Hell for his sins. As he was being processed, he passed a room where an economist he knew was having an intimate conversation with a beautiful woman.

"What a crummy deal!" the man complained. "I have to burn for all eternity and that economist spends it with that gorgeous woman."

An escorting demon jabs the man with his pitchfork and shouts, "Who are you to question that woman's punishment?"

--Taken from Jeff Thredgold, On the One Hand: The Economist's Joke Book.