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Prof. Domenico de Vincenzo

Contact information:

Term: First Semester

Credits (ECTS): 6

Prerequisites: None

Language of Instruction: English

Class hours: 42


Cognitive / Knowledge skills

-        Know how space affects the economic behaviour of businesses, consumers and government, and how these behaviours affect spatial organization and economic development.

-        Know the factors of location of firms and economic activities

-        Know the relationship between environment and regional development

Analytical / Critical Thinking Skills (Oral & Written)

-        Use maps to describe regional issues

-        Use spatial analysis to read regional issues



Aims: The course aims to provide competencies on both economic geography and spatial economics, focusing on growth, behavior, and economic performance of cities and regions.

Contents: Individual Location Decisions. Location Factors. Spatial Patterns of Differential Advantage in Specific Location Factors. Land Use. Competition for the Use of Land. Rent and Land Value. Spatial Structure of Urban Areas. The Location of Urban Places. Trends in Urban Patterns. The Nature of a Region. Delimiting Functional Regions. The Location of People. How Regions Develop. Regional Objectives and Policies. Regional development and environmental quality.



The class will meet for 2 hours (gross of interclass break), twice times a week, for a total of 21 sessions (11 weeks). After an introduction aimed at providing the needed background, participants are required to read the materials related to the class and to be prepared prior to coming to class. Classes will consist of a lecture by the instructor, to be followed by a discussion of the main topics and the assigned case. Main points about the materials and all doubts brought up by the students will be addressed by the instructor during the class.



Week 1
Introduction to the Course
Presentation of the Available materials
Clear Statement of Expected Mutual Requirements
Foundation Stones of Regional economics
Factor of location

Week 2
Technical factors of location
Cost of transport
Trasport and demand

Week 3
Transport costs and marketplace
Hotelling model

Week 4
Marketplace: fluxes and attraction
Christaller Mode

Week 5
Cost of transport, routes of transport and space regionalization
Spatial structures
The graph
Settlements organization

Week 6
Quality and cost of labour in locational choices
Vernon mode
International labour division

Week 7
From vertical integrated firm to firm network
From local production to internationalization of firms

Week 8
Industrial districts

Week 9
Delocation of firms

Week 10
Cities and Urban places

Week 11
Environmental quality in regional development and organization



All students are expected to spend at least 2,5 hours of time on academic studies outside of, and in addition to, each hour of class time.





Final Exam




Final Exam: Your abilities will be tested in two important areas of competency: the amount of information you master; the accuracy of the information you present.
Structure:   30 questions in a multiple-choice test. Prior to the examinations, a comprehensive review will be given during class. The final exam will generally include also an oral examination through which the instructor will assess the significance you ascribe to the facts and ideas you have integrated across your study in this course.


Professionalism and communications: As a student, you are expected to maintain a professional, respectful and conscientious manner in the classroom with your instructors and fellow peers.
You are expected to take your academic work seriously and engage actively in your classes. Advance preparation, completing your assignments, showing a focused and respectful attitude is expected of all students. Simply showing up for class or meeting minimum outlined criteria will not earn you a good grade in this course. Utilizing communications, properly addressing your faculty and staff, asking questions and expressing your views respectfully demonstrate your professionalism and cultural sensitivity.

Attendance and Classroom behavior: Although attendance is not compulsory, it is highly recommended. All students must have a respectful attitude towards the professor as well as the classmates.

Arriving late / departing early from Class: Once they have decided to attend, students must behave consistently. Arriving late or leaving class early is disruptive and shows a lack of respect for instructor and fellow students.

Make-up classes: The instructor reserves the right to schedule make-up classes in the event of an unforeseen or unavoidable schedule change. Make-up classes may be scheduled outside of typical class hours, as necessary. 

Missing Examinations: Examinations will not be rescheduled. Pre-arranged travel or anticipated absence does not constitute an emergency and requests for missing or rescheduling exams will not be granted.

Use of Cell Phones, Laptops and Other Electronic Devices: Always check with your instructor about acceptable usage of electronic devices in class. Inappropriate usage of your electronic devices will result in a warning and may lead to a deduction in participation grades. Use of a cell phone for phone calls, text messages, emails, or any other purposes during class is impolite, inappropriate and prohibited Faculty determines whether laptops will be allowed in class. The use of a laptop, tablets or of cell phones is prohibited during all tests and exams, unless otherwise specified by your instructor. 



Required text

Edgar M. Hoover and Frank Giarratani, An Introduction to Regional Economics, Regional Research Institute, 1999


R. Capello, Regional Economics, Routledge, 2014

 Recommended readings: to be selected and assigned throughout the semester.


[Ultima modifica: martedì 19 gennaio 2021]