MPR_RE2 Regional Economics II

Faculty of Economics and Administration
Autumn 2008
Extent and Intensity
2/1/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
prof. RNDr. Milan Viturka, CSc. (lecturer)
prof. RNDr. Milan Viturka, CSc. (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
prof. RNDr. Milan Viturka, CSc.
Department of Regional Economics and Administration - Faculty of Economics and Administration
Contact Person: Klára Viturková
Fri 10:15–11:50 S313
  • Timetable of Seminar Groups:
MPR_RE2/1: Fri 12:00–12:45 S313, M. Viturka
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 24 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/24, only registered: 0/24, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/24
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
This course may be divided into two parts: theory and application. The theoretical part gives a complete survey of regional development theories. The applicational part emphasizes the issue of evaluation of business environment quality, which together with quality of firms represent basic components of regional competitiveness, and further selected partial issues (e. g. interactive models of regional competitiveness, international collaboration of SMEs). Relevant knowledge is consequently interpreted with regard to creation of conceptional and strategic documents targeted at regional development support and their utilization in relation to specific tools of regional development support (predominantly investment incentives and regional marketing).
And the end of this course students should be able to evaluate spatial dimension as an economic category and to transform this knowledge into solution of practical economic issues (also with relation to regional policy).
  • Lectures.
  • 1. Neoclassical and neoliberal theories of regional development (e.g. growth accounting, new economic geography and new growth theory) and regional policy.
  • 2. Keynesian theories (e. g. Harrod-Domar growth model, theory of unbalanced development) and regional policy.
  • 3. Structural and regulative theories (neomarxist theories, Californian school) and regional policy.
  • 4. Critical-realistic and institutional theories (theory of divisions of labour, theory of learning regions) and regional policy.
  • 5. Contemporary regional policy in relation to regional development theories (summary).
  • 6. Regional interdependence and conditionality of regional development (potential of influence and potential of reaction).
  • 7. International collaboration of small and medium enterprises (main types of collaboration, start-up phase of collaboration, supporting infrastructure).
  • 8. Evaluation of business environment quality (national and regional evaluation models), selecting main factors and entrepreneurial preferences.
  • 9. Application of regional evaluation model on the example of the Czech Republic (developmental changes of entrepreneurial preferences).
  • 10. Economic integration of space (creation of territorial development axis and entrepreneurial nets).
  • 11. Investment incentives and their systems (examples of selected countries, including the Czech Republic).
  • 12. Regional marketing, selected examples (types of marketing strategies, choice of marketing mix).
  • 13. Market oriented strategy of regional development, theoretical starting points and practical continuities.
  • Seminars:
  • 1 Opening seminar – basic information.
  • 2-5 Discussion on possibilities of practical application of single theories of regional development with case studies.
  • 6-7 Application of regional interdependence model on the example of the Czech Republic.
  • 8-9 Workshop on international collaboration of small and medium enterprises.
  • 10-11 Workshop on evaluation of business environment.
  • 12 Discussion on systems of investment incentives and regional marketing with practical examples.
  • 13 Practical demonstration of strategic documents of regional development
  • VITURKA, Milan. Regionální ekonomie II. První. Brno: ESF MU, 2000. 91 pp. ISBN 80-210-2257-4. info
  • 1. Blažek, J., Uhlíř, D.: Teorie regionálního rozvoje. UK Praha, 2002. ISBN 80-246-0384-5.
  • Náhradní obsah: Armstrong, Harvey, Tayolor, Jim. Regional economics and policy. 3rd ed., Blackwell Publisher 2000,434 p. ISBN 0-631-21713-4.
Assessment methods
Written test.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Information on course enrolment limitations: max. 20 cizích studentů; cvičení pouze pro studenty ESF
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses

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