Universität Wien FIND

290026 VO Regional and Urban Economics: New challenges for cities and regions in Austria (2019W)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 29 - Geographie

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Language: German

Examination dates

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday 07.10. 18:15 - 19:45 Hörsaal 5A Geographie NIG 5.OG A0518
Monday 14.10. 18:15 - 19:45 Hörsaal 5A Geographie NIG 5.OG A0518
Monday 21.10. 18:15 - 19:45 Hörsaal 5A Geographie NIG 5.OG A0518
Monday 04.11. 18:15 - 19:45 Hörsaal 5A Geographie NIG 5.OG A0518
Monday 11.11. 18:15 - 19:45 Hörsaal 5A Geographie NIG 5.OG A0518
Monday 18.11. 18:15 - 19:45 Hörsaal 5A Geographie NIG 5.OG A0518
Monday 02.12. 18:15 - 19:45 Hörsaal 5A Geographie NIG 5.OG A0518
Monday 09.12. 18:15 - 19:45 Hörsaal 5A Geographie NIG 5.OG A0518
Monday 16.12. 18:15 - 19:45 Hörsaal 5A Geographie NIG 5.OG A0518
Monday 13.01. 18:15 - 19:45 Hörsaal 5A Geographie NIG 5.OG A0518
Monday 20.01. 18:15 - 19:45 Hörsaal 5A Geographie NIG 5.OG A0518

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Aims, contents and method of the course

Aims:
Structural changes resulting from globalisation, demographic change and the rise of digital technologies are changing the framework conditions of cities and regions. The course deals with essential research questions and results in this context. We introduce essential theories and methods in urban, regional and integration theory relevant for these topics and demonstrate their use in empirical research on Austrian regions. The course concentrates on empirical findings and their interpretation. Basic knowledge of 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
• City Hierarchy and City Competition – do they exist? And where do Austrian cities stand?
• Necessarily suspended? Development opportunities of rural-peripheral regions

Part 2: Major challenges for Austrian cities and regions
• The challenge of cohesion: Regional disparities and their drivers; "balancing" regional policy as a solution?
• The challenge of globalisation I: Mechanisms and spatial effects; and why free trade?
• The challenge of globalisation II: Eastern integration and its impact on locational advantages in Austria
• The challenge of demographic change: Driving forces, consequences and regional policy options
• The challenge of full employment: Regional labour markets and the effects of migration
• The challenge of digitization: Employment effects and impacts on the regional structure

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, 3 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)
23,5-26,5 Points: good (2)
19-23 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. Additional learning material for individual sections is available in paper form for copying.

Reading list

McCann, Philip, "Modern Urban and Regional Economics", 2nd Ed., Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2013.
Parts from further textbooks (e.g. Eckey, Krugman/Obstfeld).
Academic papers and studies (e.g. WIFO, OECD)

Association in the course directory

(MG-S3-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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