SECS-P/06 - 6 CFU - 1° Semester

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Learning Objectives

Knowledge and understanding: The course aims at presenting the modern economic models about regional economics. The course aims to provide the main tools for analyzing spatial economics with reference to the economic theory as well as the economic policies.

Applying knowledge and understanding: The student has to be able to apply the theoretical knowledge acquired to analyse specific statistics data, official documents and case studies. He/She has to understand economic phenomena that can promote regional economic processes of economic systems, in different social, geographical, technological and demographic conditions.

Making judgements: the student will be able to understand the evolution of theoretical approaches in regional economics through the evolution of the concept of space: from physical space, which characterizes location theory, to uniform space (typical of neoclassical and Keynesian approaches ) to diversified-relational space (embedded in local districts and milieu approaches, as well as in the theory of learning regions) to diversified stylised space (as exemplified by the new economic geography and dynamic neoclassical approaches).

Communication skills: during the course the student has to improve and develop the knowledge of a technical and economic language to use in an appropriate way as an useful instrument of communication.

Learning skills: the student will be able to understand which theoretical concept is appropriate to deal with specific cases. Verification of the learning skills is carried out both during the course (lectures, exercises) and in the final written test.

Course Structure

Lectures and exercises using slides.

Detailed Course Content

* Introduction

Text 1: introduction

*1. Agglomeration and Location

Text 1: cap 1

*2. Accessibility and Location

Text 1: cap 2

*3. . Hierarchy and Location

Text 1: cap 3

*4. Territorial Competitiveness and Exogenous Development

Text 1: cap 7

*5. Territorial Competitiveness and Endogenous Development: Agglomeration Economies

Text 1: cap 8

*6. Territorial Competitiveness and Endogenous Development: Innovation and Proximity

Text 1: cap 9

*7. Territorial Competitiveness and Cumulative Demand/Supply Growth

Text 1: cap 10

*8. Territorial Competitiveness and Endogenous Growth

Text 1: cap 11

*9. The New Economic Geography and the local development.

Text 2


* the main topics mandatory to succeed in the exam

Textbook Information

1. Capello Roberta – Economia Regionale, seconda edizione – Il Mulino, 2015:

Capitoli: Introduzione, 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11.

2. Menegatti M., Seravalli G., La “New Economic Geography” e lo sviluppo locale, Università degli Studi di Parma, Dipartimento di economia, Serie di Economia e Politica Economica WP 5/2004; reperibile al link:

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