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Advanced Geographical Economics 7,5 Credits

Course Contents

The objective of the course is to give students knowledge about location aspects of innovation and trade, on the basis of various forms of scale economies as well as proximity and network externalities. The course will provide the student with a capacity to critically analyse economic problems relating to location, specialisation and trade for regions of different types. It will establish a competence in penetrating the reasons for how regions specialise and how they develop in a perspective of a global economy.

Important elements of the course are the following:
  • Static and dynamic comparative advantages, location advantages and spatial externalities.
  • Clusters and Regional Systems of Innovation.
  • Different types of equilibria and path dependence.
  • Finding equilibria of non-linear models by numerical simulation.
  • Stability conditions of spatial equilibria.

Connection to Research and Practice
The content of the course is tightly linked to research in the field of geographical economics and New Economic Geography (NEG). This is evidenced by the course literature wich includes a book closely related to research as well as research articles from reputable international scientific journals. The course content is also close to the research performed at the research center CEnSE (Center for Entrepreneurship and Spatial Economics) at JIBS.

In the assignments the students use research models and methods to investigate phenomena related to economic geography as well as drawing conclusions about published research and what we can learn from it.

The content of the course is relevant for policy making. The students will appreciate how policy can be used to influence the development of society, and how theory and empirical work can be used to guide policy.


Bachelor’s degree in Economics

Level of Education: Master
Course code/Ladok code: JAGR24
The course is conducted at: Jönköping International Business School

Previous and ongoing course occasions

Type of course
Study type
Spring 2021: Jan 18 - Mar 28
Rate of Study
Johan Klaesson
Course coordinator
Johan Klaesson
Tuition fees do NOT apply for EU/EEA citizens or exchange students
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