The Department of Industrial Economics, used to be the Department of Cooperative Economics, was established in 1970 and renamed in 1992. Currently, the department is holding 13 resident faculty members, including distinguished scholars such as Professor Chao-Cheng Mai, the academician of Academia Sinica and the former president of Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research, and Professor Song-Ken Hsu, the former Privy Councilor and the dean of the school of business at National Central University. Additionally, in order to strengthen and diversify the courses offered, we are also having three professors with joint appointment with the Department of Economics and the Department of Finance and Banking.
The programs offered in this department have adapted responsively to fit different human resource needs for different stages of industrial development in Taiwan. The goal for the undergraduate program is to equip students with basic knowledge in economics and business. Correspondingly, the courses offered are specialized in economic theories in general and in industrial economics in particular. In addition, complementary course sequences in the fields of business management, finance and banking, and information management are offered to enhance students’ competitiveness in job market.
The Master program, which aims to train industrial analysts and middle ranking managers for various industries, was set up in 1993. Currently, the Master program was divided into two subprograms, namely, the Industrial Organization Program and the Industrial Regulation Program, with the former focusing on firms’ competitive behaviors in different market structures, while the later emphasizing on the ways of regulating firms’ behaviors in industrial levels and the following consequence of these regulations. The required courses include micro- and macro- economic theories, econometrics and industrial economics, complemented with elective courses in diversified fields, such as health economics, organizational economics, environmental and resources economics, and economic growth. In addition to courses taking, thesis writing is also required to complete the degree.
The Ph.D. program was organized later in 2003, with the goal of training academic researchers in the field of industrial organization and development. The required courses include advanced micro- and macro- economic theories, advanced econometrics and advanced industrial economics, complemented with elective courses in the fields of energy economics, international finance, and trade and economic growth. Though there is no qualifying examination required for this program, stringent conditions for graduation have been set up to maintain the training quality of our Ph.D. students. For instance, the Ph. D candidates have to fit one of the following conditions to earn their degrees:
the candidate has to publish or be accepted at least one paper indexed in Econlit, SSCI, SCI or TSSCI, if the total number of authors for the paper is less than or equal to 3.
the candidate has to publish or be accepted at least two papers indexed in Econlit, SSCI, SCI or TSSCI, if the total number of authors for the paper is more than 3.
the coverage of the journals indexed in above databases (Econlit, SSCI, SCI, TSSCI) is judged by the date the paper(s) accepted.