Economic Geography

lecon2314  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Economic Geography
Note du 29 juin 2020
Sans connaitre encore le temps que dureront les mesures de distances sociales liées à la pandémie de Covid-19, et quels que soient les changements qui ont dû être opérés dans l’évaluation de la session de juin 2020 par rapport à ce que prévoit la présente fiche descriptive, de nouvelles modalités d’évaluation des unités d’enseignement peuvent encore être adoptées par l’enseignant ; des précisions sur ces modalités ont été -ou seront-communiquées par les enseignant·es aux étudiant·es dans les plus brefs délais.
5 crédits
30.0 h
Q2
Enseignants
Langue
d'enseignement
Anglais
Préalables
Basic notions of microeconomics and econometrics taught at the Bachelor level.
Thèmes abordés
Economic Geography and Urban Economics: This part of the course will cover topics in economic geography and urban economics. Economic geography will focus on the macro determinants of regional inequalities and analyse the arbitration economies of scale and transport costs. The professor will present the founding models of Krugman (1991) and Krugman and Venables (1995). The empirical relevance of these models will also be discussed. The urban economics part will cover the micro foundations of regional inequalities and analyse the role of clusters and external economies of scale.
GIS Methods: This part of the course will cover methods to manipulate spatial data using GIS programs. Specific topics would include: assembling, storing, displaying and analysing geographically referenced data including data from satellite images and old maps.  In particular, the following topics will be covered.
1. Finding GIS data from the web and other sources.
2. Representing spatial data on maps.
3. Key GIS components: e.g. data models (Vector vs. Raster data); Projection types; etc.
4. Use satellite images, aerial images, remote sensing data, old maps etc. for research. This includes how to measure economic variables from space using satellite data (e.g. Measuring growth using night time light measured by satellite-based images).
5. Some specific tools: Spatially join data; Inverse distance Weighting Interpolation; Zonal Statistics; Buffer analysis; Calculate distances and areas.
Acquis
d'apprentissage

A la fin de cette unité d’enseignement, l’étudiant est capable de :

1 Through this course, students will be equipped with the theoretical and empirical tools necessary to understand the uneven distribution of activities between regions of the same country. At the end of the course, students will be able to analyze the nature, causes and consequences of regional inequalities of development. The second part of the course focused on GIS methods will train students to manipulate GIS-based spatial data using software such as ArcGIS. Students will learn the essential aspects of working with GIS, including assembling, storing, displaying and analyzing geographically referenced data including data from satellite images and old maps. The methods acquired by the students can be applied to research, policy making for governments as well as in the industry.
 

La contribution de cette UE au développement et à la maîtrise des compétences et acquis du (des) programme(s) est accessible à la fin de cette fiche, dans la partie « Programmes/formations proposant cette unité d’enseignement (UE) ».
Contenu
The course will be divided into two parts. The first part will focus on economic geography and urban economics. This part of the course will include both theoretical and empirical topics. The second part of the course will give a hands-on training to students on using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to manipulate spatial data. This second part of the course will be held in the form of computer lab sessions.
Méthodes d'enseignement
The first part of the course will take the form of lectures that will cover theoretical and empirical aspects of the course. The second part of the course will take the form of computer-based lab sessions, where students will be guided through GIS methods by the professor.
Modes d'évaluation
des acquis des étudiants
There will be a written exam in June which will count for 50% of the final marks and a GIS-based project that students will be required to submit after the second part of the course is completed (either individually or in small groups depending on class size). This will constitute the remaining 50% of the grade. For the project, the professor will make suggestions on topics. Students will be allowed to do the written exam a second time in August which will then count for 100% of the final marks.
Ressources
en ligne
    Bibliographie
    Bibliographie:
    • First part of the course: Economic geography, P.P. Combes, T. Mayer and J. Thisse, Princeton University Press.
    • Second part: Lecture Notes prepared by the Professor.
    Faculté ou entité
    en charge


    Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

    Intitulé du programme
    Sigle
    Crédits
    Prérequis
    Acquis
    d'apprentissage
    Master [120] en sciences géographiques, orientation générale

    Master [60] en sciences économiques, orientation générale

    Master [120] : bioingénieur en sciences agronomiques

    Master [120] en sciences agronomiques et industries du vivant

    Master [120] en sciences économiques, orientation générale

    Master [120] en sciences géographiques, orientation climatologie