The objective of the course is to provide students with the theoretical and technical tools needed to analyze the determinants of the different regional development paths, urban and regional (in its broadest meaning). Localization and agglomeration processes will be analyzed under the various theoretical perspectives in the literature, together with the exogenous and the endogenous factors relevant for the regional competitiveness, with particular reference to innovation and proximity effects.
EXPECTED LEARNING OUTCOMES
KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
At the end of the course students will possess the information and cognitive tools for:
- the assessment of the regional development and competition levels
- the assessment of the impact of exogenous factors on regional development paths
- evaluate the effects of regional development policies
APPLYING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
At the end of the course students will be able to:
- identify/develop connections between microeconomic views of the behaviour of economic agents, the macroeconomic characteristics, the competitive and the development features of the territories
- apply theoretical and applied knowledge to the identification of the main criticalities related to regional development, as well as to match them with the possible policy measures.
The following communication skills will be acquired by students at the end of the course:
- properly use the economic terminology
- rigorously outline and discuss the mathematical relations underlying the models studied