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Huub Meijers


Maastricht University
Associate Dean of Education at the School of Business and Economics
Associate Professor at the Department of Economics
Senior Researcher at UNU-MERIT


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April 2017

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Master's Programme Director at School of Business and Economics, Maastricht University

Current Course

Intellectual Property Rights in a Network Society (Course Code EBC4026)

This course deals with the economic aspects of intellectual property rights (IPRs) and provides insights into why various forms of IPRs such as patents, copyrights and trademarks are necessary to stimulate innovation. We will also look at how certain aspects of IPRs may hinder innovation. In the international context of IPRs, we will look at how IPRs influence the diffusion of knowledge between countries, for example from advanced countries to developing countries. In the context of standard setting, IPRs are important because they may block access to the standard. Subsequently the course moves to developments specific in the information society and discusses contemporary topics like (open source) software and creative commons. The final topic concerns policy design in a digital economy and includes cloud computing, smartphone industries and mobile internet.

ICT, Innovation and Economic Performance (with Mark Vluggen, Course Code EBC4084)

The objective of this course is to understand the role of ICT on business performance and on sectoral and aggregate economic performance. It includes modeling techniques, measurement issues and methodological approaches to analyse the impact of ICT on business and economics. It also includes data analysis and research methodologies. Moreover, as we will show, innovation at more levels, e.g. organizational innovations and organizational change is needed for ICT investments to be successful. Part of the course is to analyse and report on a real life example based on either firm level data (case study) or at a sectoral or more aggregate data.

 

MSc Information and Network Economics (Infonomics)

Are you fascinated by new information technologies and how they affect market structures? Do you appreciate the importance of information in the knowledge society? Do you want to find out how information and economics can complement each other in the business world? Then read on.

Why should you choose Information and Network Economics?

Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are developing rapidly and companies often do not know how to deal with them. Infonomics is one of the few programmes in the world to combine economics, business and information technology. Building on a strong theoretical foundation, you will look for answers to the difficult questions facing today's businesses: how do ICTs affect behaviour on an individual and company level? To what extent do they impact productivity and performance? How can information be created, protected and managed?

The Infonomics programme also has an important practical component. In addition to regular presentations and group work, you will be required to study academic papers and reanalyse them. This requires critical thinking and application of the theory you have learned. You will have to demonstrate your methodologies and whether your results are the same as those in the papers. This is excellent preparation for the real-life problems you will encounter in your future career.

Curious about the programme: click below to enter the faculty website:

I have been coordinator of the Infonomics programme (both Bachelors and Masters) and have teached the following courses:

Previous (Bachelor) Courses

ICT, Organization and Income

This course gives a brief introduction into the economics of technological change and the labour market. The main aim of this course is to understand the impact of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) on the demand for workers and on wages. What are the effects of ICT on (structures of) organizations; How does ICT impact wages and the division of labour? Do people with ICT skills earn higher wages? Next to economics this course has a more technical element in the sense that students will have to make their personal website, and post their results/assignment on it, which demonstrates their own (ICT) competences.

As additional materials for this course I created a small document on the elasticity of substitution in a production function using the Leontief, Cobb-Douglas and CES production function. That page also includes an interactive graphical representation of the CES function.

Introduction to webprogramming with PHP

PHP, officially called: "PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor", is a server-side, cross-platform, HTML embedded scripting language. It is somewhat similar to Javascript but the main difference is that Javascript is executed at the client side whereas PHP is executed at the server side. In the mid 1990ís many Web developers found that existing tools and languages were not ideal for the specific task of embedding code in markup. Those developers joined to develop a server-side scripting language which they felt would be ideal for developing dynamic Web-based sites and applications. Most of PHP's syntax is borrowed from C, although there are elements borrowed from Perl, C++ and Java as well. Perhaps the strongest and most significant feature in PHP is its support for a wide range of databases. Writing a database-enabled web page is incredibly simple. Although PHP supports many databases, we will concentrate on MySQL. This course gives an introduction in programming with PHP in combination with some simple MySQL queries in order to be able to understand the working of dynamic websites. In the first week we will discuss the features of PHP whereas in the second week students have to build one or more applications on a web-server. These applications will be used for examination. This course is primarily on programming and working with databases and not on HTML or on Web-design. Some basic principles of HTML will be discussed, however.

 

Presentation

At March 21 2013 I gave a Presentation on the impact of ICT and the Internet on economic growth and the distribution of income for Scope-economics, a study association within the  Maastricht University School of Business and Economics.

 

LifeView software

To grahically present data as time series or scatter plots in an Internet browser, I created some software called LifeView. The software presented here can be used only from a local computer using local data (actually located in the same directoty as the software). This (simple) software includes 8 files grouped together in the zip file and can be used for free for non-commercial use only. Please read the included readme.txt carefully.
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