AEP-22806 Spatial and Regional Economics


Studiepunten 6.00

Excursion (one day)8
Independent study
Course coordinator(s)prof. dr. WJM Heijman
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. WJM Heijman
dr. R Sparrow
Examiner(s)prof. dr. WJM Heijman

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

MAT-12806 and DEC-10306 or ECH-10406


Location is an important feature of economic activities. In this course two aspects of spatial and regional economics are studied: location theory and regional development. Location theory deals with land economics, and the location of the firms and households. The regional development part deals with differences in economic development between regions, both in developed as well as and in developing countries.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
1. explain and analyse the spatial aspects of economic theory;
2. construct, use and analyse a number of regional economic models used for assessing economic situations and for analysing policy options;
3. report on assignments related to the models under learning outcome 2.


- attending lectures;
- taking part in practical sessions and an excursion;
- writing reports on the practical sessions.


- written exam with open questions (60%);
- interim reports on practical assignments (40%).
Each component needs a minimum mark of 5. To pass the course a minimum average mark of 5.5 is required.


A reader as well as a course outline is available.
Heijman, W.J.M. and R.A. Schipper (2010). Space and Economics: an Introduction to Regional Economics. Mansholt publication series 7. Wageningen Publishers.

Keuze voor: BINInternational Development StudiesBScB: Economics of Development5MO
MMEManagement, Economics and Consumer StudiesMScC: Economics and Governance5MO
BEBEconomics and GovernanceBSc5MO