International Economic Geography 2400-ZEWW485
The course is divided into 3 parts. The first part shows the empirical data on regional development. The second part is devoted to the theoretical models. Finally, the third part shows the results of empirical research.
1. Stylised facts on the international economic landscape.
2. Regional unemployment and economic activity.
3. Economic geography and international economics.
4. Factor endowments and regional specialization.
5. National and regional patterns of specialization.
6. Industrial and service clusters.
7. The antecedents of economic geography: von Thunen model, Weber model, Isard model and Losch model.
8. Core periphery models by Myrdal, Hirschman and Perroux.
9. Core models of economic geography - the Krugman model..
10. Urban systems and growth.
11. Cities and trade policy
12. Wage determination.
13. Multinational enterprise and FDI.
14. Determinants of international location of production.
15. Policy implications
Type of course
Students will become familiar with various theoretical and empirical modelling techniques currently used in the new economic geography. Upon the completion of the course students will be able to build their own theoretical models and conduct independent empirical research. The course will provide excellent preparation for writing an MA thesis in the field of international economic geography.
SU05, SU06, SK01, SK03, SU04, SU03, SU02, SU01, SW03, SW02, SW01, SW04, SW05, SK02, SK04
The grading will be based on two in-class presentations and one final paper. The paper may be a critical literature review, or an original contribution to the literature. The seminar grade is based on the following formula: two presentations (20%), final paper (80%). Each paper is evaluated on the basis of:
o Clarity of exposition - 20%
o Academic writing quality - 30%
o Substantive quality - 50%.
Baldwin R., Forslid R., Martin P., Ottaviano G.M., Nicoud F.R., Economic Geography and Public Policy, Princeton University Press, Princeton 2003.
Brakman S., Garretsen H., Marrewijk Ch. van, An Introduction to Geographical Economics: Trade, Location and Growth, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2001.
Fujita M, Krugman P. Venables A., The Spatial Economy: Cities, Regions, and International Trade, MIT Press, Cambridge M.A. 1999.
Fujita M., Thisse J-F., Economics of Agglomeration, Cambridge University Press. 2002.
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