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290026 VO Regional and Urban Economics: New challenges for cities and regions in Austria (2017W)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 29 - Geographie

Details

Language: German

Examination dates

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Thursday 05.10. 15:30 - 17:00 Hörsaal 5A Geographie NIG 5.OG A0518
Thursday 12.10. 15:30 - 17:00 Hörsaal 5A Geographie NIG 5.OG A0518
Thursday 19.10. 15:30 - 17:00 Hörsaal 5A Geographie NIG 5.OG A0518
Thursday 09.11. 15:30 - 17:00 Hörsaal 5A Geographie NIG 5.OG A0518
Thursday 16.11. 15:30 - 17:00 Hörsaal 5A Geographie NIG 5.OG A0518
Thursday 23.11. 15:30 - 17:00 Hörsaal 5A Geographie NIG 5.OG A0518
Thursday 30.11. 15:30 - 17:00 Hörsaal 5A Geographie NIG 5.OG A0518
Thursday 07.12. 15:30 - 17:00 Hörsaal 5A Geographie NIG 5.OG A0518
Thursday 14.12. 15:30 - 17:00 Hörsaal 5A Geographie NIG 5.OG A0518
Thursday 11.01. 15:30 - 17:00 Hörsaal 5A Geographie NIG 5.OG A0518
Thursday 18.01. 15:30 - 17:00 Hörsaal 5A Geographie NIG 5.OG A0518

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Aims:
The economic preconditions of Austrian cities and regions are changing considerably due to internationalisation and the (spatial) fragmentation of value-added-chains. The course deals with essential research questions in this context. We introduce essential theories and methods in urban and regional economics as well as foreign trade theory relevant for these topics and demonstrate their use in empirical research on Austrian regions. The lecture concentrates on empirical findings and their interpretation. Basic knowledge on location theories and theories of regional development is therefore expected.

Content:
Part 1: Urban and rural areas – evolutions and determinants
- Why core and periphery? Drivers and shape of the spatial structure in Austria
- Austrian cites in the European city hierarchy – positioning and challenges
- What about the periphery? Rural areas in the international competition
- Rising disparities? Empirical evidence and the impact of (EU-)Cohesion policy
Part 2: Major challenges for Austrian cities and regions
- Globalisation: economic mechanisms, spatial effects, regional policy options
- Eastern integration and its impact on Austrian regions
- Structural Change: tertiarization and spatial development
- Demographic Change: Impacts on Austrian regions
- Employment: regional labour markets and the influence of migration

Method:
Theoretical and empirical inputs; focus on the discussion and interpretation of the topics addressed. An ex-ante reading of the literature provided is recommended.

Assessment and permitted materials

Final examination in written form. 5 blocks of questions, 4 to be answered. Questions on the theoretical foundations and their (diagrammatic) derivation, assessment and implementation questions.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

3 out of 5 questions must be answered; 30 assessment points possible.

27 - 30 Points: excellent (1)
23 - 26,5 Points: good (2)
19 - 22,5 Points: satisfactory (3)
15,5 - 18,5 Points: sufficient (4)
< = 15 Points: insufficient (5)

Examination topics

Topics dealt with in the course. Relevant literature and the Power-Point-slides used are available at the E-learning platform.

Reading list

McCann, Philip, "Modern Urban and Regional Economics", 2nd Ed., Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2013.
Textbooks (Palme/Musil, Eckey, Krugman/Obstfeld).
Specialist articles and studies (v.a. WIFO, OECD)

Association in the course directory

(MG-S3-NPI) (MG-S4-NPI) (MG-S5-NPI) (MG-W3-NPI) (MR3-NPI) (L2-b3) (L2-b-zLV) (L2-d1) (L2-d-zLV) (BA UF GW 19) (MA UF GW 02)

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