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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Urban and Regional Economics
Module Code EF333
School DCUBS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: declan curran
Semester 2: declan curran
Autumn: declan curran
Module Teachersdeclan curran
Cathal Guiomard
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module will introduce students to principal theories in Urban and Regional Economics. The module will address the role of market forces and government policy in shaping the physical spatial structure and growth of cities and regions. Economic models addressing social problems and their interrelation with the physical environment will be examined. Students will draw on empirical evidence to assess theoretical models.

Learning Outcomes

1. Explain why cities form, the spatial structure of the urban economy and the hierarchy of cities using economic reasoning.
2. Apply economic theories to investigate social problems within cities and regions.
3. Evaluate urban and regional growth and development policies.
4. Assess theoretical urban and regional economics models in the light of empirical evidence.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24Lecture attendance
Independent Study48Preparatory reading for lectures
Independent Study33Project: planning, research and write up
Directed learning20Exam preparation
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Market forces in the development of cities and regions
Why do cities exist? What determines their development and hierarchy? Where do cities develop?

Land rent and land use patterns
How are activities arranged within cities and regions? How do government policies affect the land use pattern?

Regional labour markets
Regional disparities in employment and growth. Factors promoting convergence in labour market outcomes. The European context.

Transport policy
Transport infrastructure and regional development. Congestion pricing, second best solutions and social acceptance.

Local/Regional Government and finance
Property taxes and local public expenditure. Tax setting policies in a context of local competition and cross subsidisation.

Housing and poverty
Special characteristics of the housing market. Segregation. Gentrification. Geographic and social mobility.

Economic model of crime and crime prevention strategies.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
ProjectApplied project, requiring independent research.40%As required
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Jan K. Brueckner: 2012, Lectures on Urban Economics, 978-0-262-01636-0
  • Philip McCann: 2013, Modern Urban and Regional Economics, 2nd, 0199582009
  • Mary E. Edwards: 2007, Regional and urban economics and economic development, Auerbach Publications, Boca Raton, FL, 978-0849383175
  • Paul N. Balchin, David Isaac, Jean Chen: 0, Urban economics: A global perspective, 978-0333960790
  • Arthur O'Sullivan: 0, Urban Economics, 0073511471
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
BSBachelor of Business Studies
BSEBachelor of Business Studies (Exchange)
BSIBusiness Studies ( with INTRA )
EBBA in Global Business
EPLBA in Economics, Politics and Law
EPLNBA in Economics, Politics and Law
EPLYABA in Economics, Politics and Law (Int)

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