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Postgraduate course 2022/2023

Research in Urban and Regional Economics

Type: Elective course
Area of studies: Economics
When: 2 year, 1 semester
Mode of studies: offline
Open to: students of one campus
Instructors: Slava Yakubenko
Language: English
ECTS credits: 3
Contact hours: 28

Course Syllabus

Abstract

This course covers the core issues that urban economics and spatial economics study. The course is based on both current research in this field of science, published in the world's leading scientific journals, and already traditional concepts that are important for a general understanding of the discipline.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The purpose of the course is to introduce students to the fundamentals of such disciplines as spatial economics and urban economics. Students will need to be familiar with current research in these areas. Upon successful completion of the course, students will gain an understanding of why cities were formed, why companies need to gather in agglomerations, how city systems function, and what factors influence their location.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • to master the concepts of cities, agglomerations, how they are related to the specialization of economic activity and innovative activity
  • to master the concepts of economies of scale in the context of cities, agglomeration economies and to study the different stages of development of firms and their corresponding environmental conditions for maximum productivity
  • study the main types of public goods that attract people and firms to cities and the forces that prevent the endless growth of cities
  • become familiar with concepts such as physical and commercial geography in the context of urban economics, how climate affects the functioning of cities and migration
  • become familiar with concepts such as Zipf's Law, study the metrics used to estimate population concentration in cities
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Why do cities exist?
  • Why do firms form clusters?
  • City size
  • City location
  • City systems
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • blocking Presentation of a published scientific article on the topic of the seminar
    Each student will receive one article to present to colleagues and explain the main ideas outlined in it. A successful presentation - a speech that fully describes the main ideas outlined in a given article.
  • non-blocking Activity
    Active participation in workshops, participation in presentation sessions, pertinence of questions and extremely high frequency
  • blocking Exam
    Written exam in the form of answers to several open-ended questions on the topics of the course
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2022/2023 1st semester
    0.2 * Activity + 0.4 * Exam + 0.4 * Presentation of a published scientific article on the topic of the seminar
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Urban economics, O'Sullivan, A., 2012

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Urban economics, O'Sullivan, A., 1996