Regional policy

leusl2106  2020-2021  Louvain-la-Neuve

Regional policy
5 credits
30.0 h
Main themes
The object of the class is the analysis of the main regional economic issues relevant for the EU. In particular, it aims at examining the extent and the evolution of regional disparities in Europe as well as the instruments provided by economic theory for the analysis of such phenomenon. The class also tackles the answers provided by economic policy to regional disparities and notably describes the elements constituting the interventions of the EU in the framework of its regional policy as well the evaluation of its relevance and impact.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :


The objective of the class is to provide students with the factual and theoretical knowledge regarding the problematic of regional development and regional disparities, in general and in the specific context of the European Union (EU). Such knowledge will be developed so as to help students to formulate a critical analysis of the policies implemented by the EU under the objective of economic, social and territorial cohesion.


The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
The class starts with a description of regional disparities in the EU such as measured under various dimensions (GDP per capita, growth, unemployment, education, R&D). It then presents the principles of two important fields of economics that are used to address such issues, namely growth theory and economic geography. On this basis, the class discusses different options in terms of regional development and regional policy. The last part of the class is devoted to the description of the EU regional policy, the analysis of its implementation modalities as well as the evaluations of its impact of the regions of the EU.
Evaluation methods
Written or oral examination.
Other information
Prerequisite: LEUSL2031 "Politique économique européenne" or LLSMS2060 "European economic policy"
Support: to be determined by the professor in charge.
Faculty or entity

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

Title of the programme
Master [120] in European Studies

Specialised master in European Business and Economic Policy