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Urban and Regional Economics 2017/2018

  • 5 ECTS
  • Taught in Portuguese
  • Both continuous and final Assessment

Objectives

After completing the course, the students should be able to:
- Understand the difficulties at the political and economical level to delimit the urban space and to create administrative regions.
- Understand the underlying economic phenomena related with the location choice of the economic activities and urban centres.
- Justify the existence of divergence between different economic regions.
- To incorporate the spatial element and distance to economics problems.

Recommended Prerequisites

Microeconomics

Teaching Metodology

Expositive classes, complemented with a practical exercise component, when possible.
The participation of the students in class is encouraged and evaluated, given the high number of theoretical perspectives presented in the course. Students are invided to adequate the theoretical models to reality, being that capacity part of the evaluation.

Flipped Classroom Methodology - With the platform Kahoot.

Body of Work

1. Introduction
1.1 The Space and Economic Theory
1.2. Space as a unit of analysis
2. The theoretical predecessors of Regional and Urban Economics: Location Theory
2.1 The Von Thunen Model
2.2 The Weber Model
2.3 Interdependence of Location and Market Areas.
3. The city and the System of Cities
3.1 The concept of City
3.2. General trends in the Urbanization process
3.3 The relevant factors on the formation of Urban agglomerates
3.4 Central Place Theory and the concept of urban hierarchy.
4. Land Rent and use of the Urban Soil.
4.1 The concept of land rent and soil price.
4.2 The Basic model of household equilibrium location.
4.3 The intra-urban location of economic activities.
5. Analysis of regional disparities: The Portuguese case.

Recommended Bibliography

Costa, J. S., Nijkamp P., Dentinho, T.P. (eds.). “Compêndio de Economia Regional”, Principia, 2009.
Costa, J.S., Nijkamp, P. (eds.). “Compêndio de Economia Regional – Volume I: Teoria, Temáticas e Políticas”, Principia, 2011.
Costa, J.S., Dentinho, T.P., Nijkamp, P. (eds.). “Compêndio de Economia Regional – Volume II: Métodos e Técnicas de Análise Regional, Principia, 2012.
McCann, P., “Modern Urban and Regional Economics”, Oxford University Press, 2013.

Complementary Bibliography

Baleiras, R. N., “Casos de desenvolvimento regional”, Principia, 2011.
Brakman, S., H. Garretsen, C. van Marrewijk, “The new introduction to geographical Economics”, Cambridge University Press, 2009.
Capello, R., “Regional Economics”, Routledge, 2007.
O’Sullivan, A., “Urban Economics”, Irwin, 2007.

Weekly Planning

1 Introduction
2 Introduction
3 Introduction
4 Introduction
5 First Test and Correction of the test in class.
6 The theoretical predecessors of Regional and Urban Economics: Location Theory
7 The theoretical predecessors of Regional and Urban Economics: Location Theory
8 The theoretical predecessors of Regional and Urban Economics: Location Theory
9 The city and the System of Cities
10 The city and the System of Cities
11 Land Rent and use of the Urban Soil
12 Land Rent and use of the Urban Soil
13 Summary of all contents and Second test
14 Analysis of regional disparities: The Portuguese case.
15 Analysis of regional disparities: The Portuguese case.

Demonstration of the syllabus coherence with the curricular unit's objectives

The contents are adapted to the objectives of the course. With chapter 1, the student is expected to understand the difficulties at the political and economical level to delimit the urban space and to create administrative regions. With chapters 2, 4 and 5, the student should be able to understand the underlying economic phenomena related with the location choice of the economic activities and urban centres. Chapter 3 allows the students to justify the existence of divergence between different economic regions. All the chapters of the course invite the students to incorporate the spatial element and distance to economics problems.

Demonstration of the teaching methodologies coherence with the curricular unit's objectives

The teaching methodology is concerned with the theoretical and practical exposition of the contents, allowing the students its comprehension and the attainment of the course’s objectives. The focus of the teaching methodology in the participation of the students helps the teacher to assess whether the objectives of the Course are being met throughout the semester.

With Kahoot being used at the end of each chapter, students will have the opportunity to review the contents and to justify their choices of answer with all the class.

relevant generic skillimproved?assessed?
Achieving practical application of theoretical knowledgeYesYes
Analytical and synthetic skillsYesYes
Commitment to effectivenessYesYes
Commitment to qualityYesYes
Event organization, planning and managementYesYes
Information and learning managementYesYes
Problem Analysis and AssessmentYesYes
Problem-solvingYesYes
Relating to othersYesYes
Research skillsYesYes
Self-assessmentYesYes
TeamworkYesYes
Written and verbal communications skillsYesYes
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