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Courses master Economic Geography

Do you want to explore the economic development of the regions or the way corporations choose their location? Then the master Economic Geography is the programme for you! Are you interested in the role of international trade and globalization in regional economic development? Consider the track on Regional Competitiveness and Trade.

> Master Economic Geography

> Master track Economic Geography: Regional Competitiveness and Trade


What will you learn?

The programme of the master Economic Geography contains these courses in 2017/2018. Click on the course title to go to the full course description, information about lecturers, literature and time period.

Economic Geography: theory and applycation (5EC)

The course is set against the backdrop of ongoing economic globalization and its implications for local and regional economic development. The course will examine analytical concepts and theories, as well as empirical approaches to investigating economic geography. In this context, the course will introduce important current themes in economic geography, both from an academic point of view and from a societal stance.

Lecturer: dr. Sierdjan Koster

Spatial Economics (5EC)

The aim of this course is to develop your analytical understanding of the impacts of economics on geographical behaviour and the impacts of geography on economic behaviour. The course will be taught from the perspective of theories and analytical frameworks, which will then be extended to real-world examples and cases.

Lecturer: prof. D. Ballas

Entrepreneurship and Regional Development (5EC)

In this course we focus on the founding of firms and (individual) entrepreneurs. From the founding of the firm we follow the firm through the life course (growth, migration & dissolution) and how these events have an effect on regional development. Entrepreneurship (and firm dynamics in general) is an important mechanism in regional economic development. This field of study is interdisciplinary. Therefore, we pay attention to different disciplines: sociology, economics, business, demography and geography.

Lecturer: dr. Aleid Brouwer

Regional Labour Market Analysis (5EC)

The labour market is by definition a regional market because of the limitation of the daily commuting distance. In the Regional Labour Market Analysis module, attention will be paid to regional differences in the functioning of the labour market with regard to unemployment, employment, wages, labour market participation, labour productivity and education.

Lecturers: prof. Jouke van Dijk, dr. V.A. Venhorst, dr. Arjen Edzes, dr. Sierdjan Koster, prof. J.P. Elhorst

Infrastructure, Economy and Space (5EC)

The course is based on the continuous demand for new or improved infrastructure projects, in the Netherlands and in other countries, and the (public) discussion between advocates and opponents of specific infrastructure projects.

Lecturer: to be announced

Advanced Statistical Analysis (5EC)

This course focuses on models for the description and analysis of demographic and geographic events and social relationships, such as linear regression, logistic regression and event history models. Students will obtain substantial knowledge and practical experience concerning statistical models for the analysis of discrete and continuous time processes in life domains such as fertility, employment, migration, and health.

Lecturers: prof. Clara Mulder, dr. Mark van Duijn

Master Thesis (20EC)

The individual Master thesis concludes the Master degree programme and is worth 20 EC, i.e. one third of the study time. During the Master thesis, students will gain experience in scientific research as well as translate theoretical knowledge into concrete skills that are useful in conducting research.

Electives (10EC)

For an overview of possible courses, please visit our course catalogue Ocasys.


dr. Sierdjan Koster
dr. Sierdjan Koster

Programme coordinator

Master Economic Geography:

dr. Sierdjan Koster

Laatst gewijzigd:27 november 2017 10:51