Research Seminar Spatial Economics
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Area of Study
Taught In English
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
Research Seminar Spatial Economics aims to:
• gain understanding of economic issues related to space, transport and environment;
• be able to link theoretical knowledge to empirics and policy issues;
• be able to read scientific articles and to formulate critical questions.
• be able to give a presentation based on a scientific article.
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.
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.
TYPE 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.
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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