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Courses master track Economic Geography: Regional Competitiveness and Trade

Are you interested in the role of international trade and globalization in regional economic development? Then follow the track of the master Economic Geography: Regional Competitiveness and Trade. You follow the basic programme of the Master Economic Geography, but as addition also three track courses at the Faculty of Economics and Business.

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What will you learn?

The programme of the master track Economic Geography: Regional Competitiveness and Trade 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.

Track course 1: Growth and Development Policies (5EC)

Why are some countries poor and some countries rich? This course will introduce you to the debate about strategies for sustained growth and development in today's world. Global economic growth has been rapid since the 1950s, but uneven across countries and major challenges to growth have appeared in the last decade. What were successful growth strategies in the past? Which policies have contributed to this success?

Lecturers: dr. Gaaitzen de Vries, prof. Marcel Timmer

Track course 2: Spatial Econometrics (5EC)

This course is taught at the Faculty of Economics and Business.

Lecturers: prof. J.P. Elhorst, dr. G.H. Kuper, prof. D. Ballas

Track course 3: Economic Geography

The geo-economic map of the world changes constantly. Globalization has led to a rapid increase of these changes in the location decisions of firms. This course aims to provide students with a better understanding of the resulting changes in the geo-economic patterns of FDI and international trade and the underlying strategic decision of firms to locate in (or offshore to) knowledge intensive clusters of economic activity. We discuss key theories and empirical evidence to understand these changes and, subsequently, discuss the firm level drivers of these changes.

Lecturers: prof. S. Brakman, prof. J.H. Garretsen, dr. T.M. Stelder


dr. Sierdjan Koster
dr. Sierdjan Koster

Programme coordinator

Master track Economic Geography: Regional Competitiveness and Trade :

dr. Sierdjan Koster

Laatst gewijzigd:27 november 2017 10:55