Research Seminar Spatial Economics


Course Objective

Research Seminar Spatial Economics aims to:
• gain understanding of economic issues related to space, transport and
• be able to link theoretical knowledge to empirics and policy issues;
• be able to read scientific articles and to formulate critical
• be able to give a presentation based on a scientific article.

Course Content

Research Seminar Spatial Economics introduces you into state-of the art
research on urban and regional topics. These topics include: (1)
Geography of Economic Development and Urbanization; (2) Multiple Market
and Government Failures in Urban Transport; (3) Economics of Sustainable
Development; (4) Economics of Energy & Climate Change (Fischer). The
course combines a series of lectures with student assignments.

Teaching Methods

Each week a senior researcher of the department of Spatial Economics
will introduce a certain topic by means of a lecture. At the of each
week, students will present their view on the topic, based on a selected
economic article that deals with the topic of that week. Non-presenting
students will act as discussants of the student presentations.

Method of Assessment

Final grade is based upon 1) Assignment on Geography of Economic
Development (20%), 2) Presentation of a scientific article (20%); 3)
Essay based on presentation (20%); 4) Contribution as discussant (10%);
5) Final Exam (30%). The minimum grade for the final exam should be at
least 5.0 to pass the course.


Reader with scientific articles – available at start of course.

Target Audience

3th year bachelor students with an interest in economic geography,
social issues with a spatial dimension, the economics of urban and
transport issues, the economics of environment and global change.

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General Information

Course Code AB_1114
Credits 6 EC
Period P1
Course Level 300
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator dr. P. Mulder
Examiner dr. P. Mulder
Teaching Staff dr. P. Mulder
prof. dr. M.W. Hofkes
prof. dr. E.T. Verhoef
dr. S. Poelhekke

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Lecture