Faculty of Information Technology, BUT

Course details

Economics of Information Products

EIP Acad. year 2012/2013 Winter semester 5 credits

Current academic year


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Examination (written)

Time span

26 hrs lectures, 6 hrs exercises, 20 hrs projects

Assessment points

60 exam, 20 half-term test, 20 projects




Learning objectives

The main goal of the course is an explanation of factors determining a success of ICT products in context of their modern usage. The principal domain is the use of standard microeconomic analyses in a very fast changing area of information products and infrastructure. Key aspects are: intelectual property and copyright, branch regulations, and structure of information sectors.

Study literature

  • H. R. Varian. Microeconomic analysis. 1992. 978-039395735
  • C. Shapiro, H. R. Varian. Information Rules: A Strategic Guide to the Network Economy. 1998. 978-087584863
  • P. Bolton, M. Dewatripont. Contract Theory. 2005. 978-026202576
  • J. Laffont And D. Martimort. The Theory of Incentives: The Principal-Agent Model. 2002. 978-069109184
  • B. Salanie. The Economics of Contracts. 2005. 978-026219525
  • Veber, Jaromír - a kol.(2000): Management: Základy, prosperita, globalizace.
  • Varian, Hal R. (1998): Markets for Information Goods.
  • Downes, Larry - Mui, Chunka (1998): Unleashing the Killer App: Digital Strategies for Market Dominance

Fundamental literature

  • Macho-Stadler And J. D. Perez-Castrillo. An Introduction to the Economics of Information: Incentives and Contracts. 2001. 0-19-924325-5
  • C. Shapiro and Varian, H. (1999), Information Rules - A Strategic Guide to the Network   Economy, Harvard Business School Press, Boston, Massachusetts.

Progress assessment

Mid-term test.

Course inclusion in study plans

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