Information Economy and Regional Development

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Course No: 57.517; Last Offered: No Data;

Course Description

The greatest challenge for northeastern Massachusetts is to implement an economic development strategy to upgrade the skills of the low-skilled segment of the labor force so that over time a growing proportion of the labor force will find employment in medium-skill, if not high-skill jobs. This course will explore strategies for development in the region by focusing on the evolution of the infocom industry (voice, data, and video communications) and its relation to the rise of the new economy. The course will put the development of the global infocom industry in historical perspective, and will analyze the recent productive and financial transformations of the industry. Then it will delve more specifically into these transformation as they have occurred in northeastern Massachusetts, and their implications. Students will confront issues of sustainable regional development through regional research or outreach projects.

Prerequisites & Notes

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  • Credits: 3;

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