Regional and Urban Economics


a) To discuss some basic concepts related with patterns of regional distribution of economic activities;
b) To discuss public policies aimed to promote regional and urban development;
c) To discuss the main concepts and theories related with externalities
d) To discuss the concept of agglomeration economies;
e) To discuss the concept of regional inequalities;
f) To apply the basic tools of input-output analysis.

General characterization





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Teaching language





Pike, A., Rodriguez-Pose, A., Tomaney, J. (2006). Local and Regional Development. London: Routledge.

Polèse, M. (2010). The Wealth and Poverty of Regions: Why Cities Matter. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Polèse, M. (1998). Economia Urbana e Regional. Coimbra: Edições APDR.

Sullivan, A. (2006). Urban Economics (6th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill/Irwin.

Temple, M. (1994). Regional Economics. Londres: St. Martin’s Press.

Teaching method

Teaching method
Theoretical and practical classes. The students have several opportunities to participate in the discussions during classes.

Evaluation method

Evaluation method
Reading of selected references – the interpretation and comprehension of these selected references will be tested on a writing exam (70%);
Group work – the students will have the opportunity to analyse different perspectives, concepts and theories on the subject of regional and urban economics (15-20pag) (30%).

(According to the FCSH Assessment Standards, the proposed evaluation elements to introduce students in the first class may suffer readjustments, particularly in the percentage of each element).

Subject matter

1) Patterns of regional and urban development
2) Introduction to Input-Output analysis
3) Basic methods of regional analysis
4) Evaluation of regional disparities
5) Externalities
6) Basic models of regional and urban economics
7) Local Development
8) Strategies for the development of regions and cities.


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