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Summer School - The Economics of Urbanization, 2022, Vrije University, Netherlands

Publish Date: Mar 05, 2022

Deadline: May 01, 2022

Event Dates: from Jul 18, 2022 12:00 to Jul 22, 2022 12:00

In this course, you will learn about the economic forces that underpin urbanization and shape our cities. Over half the world's population now live in cities and, within a few decades, the population of urban areas will exceed the entire global population today. Ongoing urbanization presents opportunities and challenges that are of interest to policymakers and researchers.
In this course, you will learn about the economic forces that underpin urbanization and shape cities. Along the way, you will be equipped with knowledge and skills that help answer questions such as: Why are firms and people moving to cities? How do we measure the performance of cities? What factors explain why some cities thrive, while others struggle? What can policymakers do to improve the economic, social, and environmental performance of cities? To gain insight into these questions, students will participate in lectures, self-directed work, and field visits.
Amsterdam provides a unique base to learn about cities. From humble beginnings as a bridge over the river Amstel, Amsterdam rose to prominence during the 17th century as a center of international trade. Today, Amsterdam forms part of a large, prosperous, and inter-connected metropolitan region that sits at the heart of Europe. The course is delivered by the Department of Spatial Economics at Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, whose 60 staff members are actively engaged in multi-disciplinary academic research and policy development. Publications by the Department’s staff are internationally recognized and rank in the top 5% of institutions worldwide in relevant economic disciplines. Many staff also have prominent advisory roles for government and media institutions, linking research to practice.

Course overview

Course level: Beginner and Advanced Bachelor and Master
Coordinating lecturer: Stuart Donovan
Other lecturer: Prof. dr. Henri L.F. de Groot
Forms of tuition: lectures
Forms of assessment: presentation and paper
Credits: 2 ECTS
Contact hours: 25 hours

By the end of this course, students will: 

  • Have a solid understanding of the economic mechanisms that drive urbanization, determines why some cities are more successful than others.
  • Gain insight into the policy challenges that metropolitan areas face and the pros and cons of the instruments that can be used to tackle these challenges.
  • Develop experience in conducting and presenting applied research, including evaluation methodologies used in benefit-cost analysis.

Program Tuition Fees

  • VU Students, Ph.D. candidates, and employees of VU Amsterdam, or an Aurora Network Partner: €375
  • Students at Partner Universities of VU Amsterdam: €500
  • Students and Ph.D. candidates at non-Partner Universities of VU Amsterdam: €550
  • Professionals: €650

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