Regional and Urban Economics

Coordinator: prof. dr. H.L.F. de Groot

prof. dr. H.L.F. de Groot
prof. dr. J. Rouwendal

Course objective

The aim of this course is to provide students with an advanced introduction in the field of regional and Urban economics. Students learn the theoretical and empirical methods applied in the field, and get a good understanding of the fundamental questions that are addressed in the field and the current state of affairs in the literature. They are trained to critically read and properly understand contributions in the leading journals in the field. At a more specific level, after having taken this course, students have a good understanding of the New Economic Geography Model, are familiar with the theoretical foundations of agglomeration economies and their empirical relevance, understand the theoretical foundations of and can apply spatial interaction modelling,are familiar with regional growth theories, understand the function of regional labour and housing markets, and have a good understanding of the determinants of urban structures.

Course content

This course covers advanced topics in theoretical and empirical research on regional and urban economics. Key issues are location and potential reasons for clustering of economic activity, spatial interaction (migration, trade, FDI and commuting), patterns of regional economic convergence and divergence, the role of geographic factors in explaining regional economic growth performance, the impact of (spatial) externalities of knowledge production, urban size and growth, urban land use, housing markets and the functioning of regional labour markets. The topics are addressed from a theoretical as well as an empirical perspective.

Course reading

• Brakman, S., J.H. Garretsen and C. van Marrewijk (2009): The New Introduction to Geographical Economics, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
• Ciccone, A. and R.E. Hall (1996): ‘Productivity and the Density of Economic Activity’, American Economic Review, 86, pp. 54-70.
• Gallup, J.L., J.D. Sachs and A.D. Mellinger (1999): ‘Geography and Economic Development’, International Regional Science Review, 22, pp. 179-232.
• Glaeser, E.L. and M.E. Kahn (2003): ‘Sprawl and Urban Growth’, in: J.V. Henderson and J.-F. Thisse (eds), Handbook of Urban and Regional Economics, Volume 4, Chapter 56, Elsevier, Amsterdam.
• Glaeser, E.L., H.D. Kallal, J.A. Scheinkman and A. Shleifer (1992): ‘Growth in Cities’, Journal of Political Economy, 100, pp. 1126-1151.
• Krugman, P. (1991): ‘History and Industry Location: The Case of the US Manufacturing Belt’, American Economic Review, 81, pp. 80-83.

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