Course syllabus

Urban ekonomi
Urban Economics

VFTN10, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2012/13
Decided by: Education Board 3
Date of Decision: 2012-04-04

General Information

Elective for: L5-fr, L5-fe
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


Provide knowledge and methods to analyse the market force behind urban growth. The student should be equipped to understand and rationally explain episodes of expectional urban change in Sweden.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

be able to explain central result from the subjects of Urban Economics and The New Econmic Geography

be able to understand and explain the formation of economics clusters

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

be able to apply theories and model from Urban Economics and The New Economic Geography on issues of urban growth

be able to analytically explain historical episodes of urban growth or stagnation

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

be able to discuss the prerequsites for succesful urban development


The economic forces driving urban growth

The rise and decline of land value

The effect of externalities

The effect of public regulation

The localisation of housing

Case studies of urban growth and development

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Written exam plus assignment.


Admission requirements:

The number of participants is limited to: No
The course might be cancelled: If the number of applicants is less than 15.

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Universitetslektor Ingemar Bengtsson,
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