Urban and Regional Economics

Faculteit Ruimtelijke Wetenschappen
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode GEMURE
Vaknaam Urban and Regional Economics
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I b
Rooster rooster.rug.nl

Uitgebreide vaknaam Urban and Regional Economics
Leerdoelen The aim of the course is to develop students’ 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. The objectives of the course are such that students will be able to coherently analyse complex spatial economic phenomena, articulate clearly the appropriate theoretical and empirical methods for analysing these phenomena, and provide carefully considered responses to policy challenges and debates.
Omschrijving The course starts by examining the spatial behaviour of individual firms from a theoretical perspective. The analysis is then extended to groups of firms and phenomena such as industrial clustering and agglomeration are explored both theoretically and empirically. This provides the rationale for analysing the economy of a city, its economic, social and industrial structure, and the behaviour of the various real estate markets operating within the city. We extend the argument to examine the multiplier linkages which operate between different sectors within cities and regions, and then integrate the role which labour migration and employment search processes play in the economic adjustment processes of cities and regions. The course also provides an introduction to relatively recent literature on the urban and regional economics of happiness and well-being. To that end, it examines the spatial behaviour of individuals from a spatial economics of happiness perspective, considering individual, geographical and socio-economic contextual factors that pertain to individual and socio-spatial well-being as well as relevant urban, regional and national government policy implications.

The 28 hours of lectures will be complemented with 4 hours of computer classes. These computer classes will introduce students to Geographical Information Systems and spatial modelling techniques and to how they can be used to examine and evaluate a range of spatial economic phenomena.
Uren per week 4
Onderwijsvorm Computer practicals, Lectures
Toetsvorm Examination with open questions digital
(And two computer-based assignments)
Vaksoort master
Coördinator Prof. Dr. D. Ballas
Docent(en) Prof. Dr. D. Ballas , A. Konstantinis, MSc. , A. Ziogas, MSc.
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Compulsory: Modern Urban and Regional Economics, Second Edition, Oxford University Press, Oxford P. McCann (2013) 9780199582006 ca. €  45,00
Also see course outline (including timetable) on Nestor for more recommended optional literature.
Optional: GIS and the Social Sciences: Theory and Applications, Routledge, Oxford Ballas, D, Clarke, G P, Franklin, R S , Newing A (2017) 9781138785120 ca. €  60,00
Opmerkingen The course is given in conjunction with the Spatial Economics MA course for geographers (EWM052B05)
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
MSc Economic Geography  (Basic programme Economic Geography) 1 semester I b verplicht
MSc Economic Geography  (Economic Geography: Regional Competitiveness and Trade (track)) 1 semester I b verplicht
MSc Environmental and Infrastructure Planning  (Optional courses EIP) 1 semester I b keuze
MSc Population Studies  (Optional courses Population Studies) 1 semester I b keuze
MSc Real Estate Studies  (Optional courses Real Estate Studies) 1 semester I b keuze
MSc Society, Sustainability and Planning  (Optional courses Society, Sustainability and Planning) 1 semester I b keuze
MSc Spatial Sciences (research)  (Optional thematic courses (GERMTTO) year 1 and 2 Spatial Sciences) - semester I b keuze