BKR_REK1 Regional Economy and Policy

Faculty of Economics and Administration
Autumn 2020
Extent and Intensity
26/0/0. 6 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught online.
doc. Ing. Vladimír Žítek, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. Ing. Viktorie Klímová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. Ing. Vladimír Žítek, Ph.D.
Department of Regional Economics and Administration - Faculty of Economics and Administration
Contact Person: Ing. Iveta Suchomelová Vašíčková
Supplier department: Department of Regional Economics and Administration - Faculty of Economics and Administration
Fri 16. 10. 16:00–18:50 P106, Fri 27. 11. 12:00–14:50 P302a
Prerequisites (in Czech)
! BKR_REPO Regional Economy and Policy
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
Regional economics is a field of applied economics and as such it is based on the findings of the general economic theory lectured in the Microeconomics and Macroeconomics courses. The gained findings are further specified and modified with respect to the specific character of the object of study of this field, i.e. the region, or the area in social and economic meaning. The course is one of the basic courses of the study of Regional Development and Administration and it provides students with good foundations for understanding the structure and the content of other region-oriented courses.

The objective of the course is to make students understand the meaning of localization theories, be able to use simple methods of localization analysis and to interpret its results, understand the position of natural monopoly at the regional market and the necessity for its regulation.
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course, the students will be able to explain the issues of spatial concentration or diffusion and the related agglomeration effects, they will know the theory of polarized development as a typical example of the growth theory including practical implementation, and they will be able to independently assess its practical significance. Further, they will be able to define the term region, they will understand the issues of area regionalization, the assessment of regional differences, and the origin of interregional disproportions and the possible ways of affecting them. They will also understand the regional policy of the Czech Republic and its relation to the European regional policy. They will gain knowledge on the documents of CR regional policy and the conditions of regional supporting programs.
  • 1. Introduction to regional economics. Economic spatial system (ESS). Theoretical approaches for explanation of ESS.
  • 2.Localization theories – agriculture (von Thünen), industry (Schäffle, Roscher, Weber)
  • 3. Localization theories – 20s – 50s of 20th century
  • 4. Aglomeration effects. Spatial concentration and dispersion
  • 5. Regions. Homogenous regions
  • 6. Regional dimension of market of production factors – labour market, reality market
  • 7. Regional development and growth theories – Theory of polarised development. Theory of export base.
  • 8. Economic level of regions – factors influencing this level
  • 9. Assessment of economic level – microeconomic, macroeconomic, quantitative and qualitative indicators
  • 10. Regional policy – regional disparities, approaches to regional policy in accordance with various economic schools
  • 11. Regional policy in the Czech Republic – principles, tools, regions with concentrated support by state
  • 12. Regional policy of the Czech Republic in the current programming period
  • 13. Strategy of regional development in the CR and other documents of Czech regional policy
  • ŽÍTEK, Vladimír and Viktorie KLÍMOVÁ. Regionalní politika. 1. vydání. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2008. 107 pp. ISBN 978-80-210-4761-7. info
  • ŽÍTEK, Vladimír. Regionální ekonomie a politika (Regional economics and policy). 1. vydání. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2004. 170 pp. Distanční studijní opora. ISBN 80-210-3478-5. info
  • JEŽEK, Jiří. Prostorová a regionální ekonomika. 1. vyd. Plzeň: Vydavatelství ZČU, 1998. 234 s. ISBN 80-7082-483-2. info
Teaching methods
Lessons take form of lectures and seminars. Reading of the obligatory literature is expected.
Assessment methods
Individual project is required. Written examination (reaching 70% of the total score is the condition for successful finishing of subject).
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
General note: nezapisují si studenti, kteří absolvovali předmět BKR_REPO.
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: tutoriál 6 hodin.
Credit evaluation note: k=2.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2009, Autumn 2010, Autumn 2011, Autumn 2012, Autumn 2013, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016, Autumn 2017, Autumn 2018, Autumn 2019.
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