75696 - Economics of Networks and Local Systems

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SDGs

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Industry, innovation and infrastructure Sustainable cities Responsible consumption and production Climate Action

Academic Year 2020/2021

Learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to analyze, both in a theoretical and empirical perspective, the role of networks for firms, organizations and individuals at the local level, with a specific reference to tourism firm and systems. At the end of the course, the student i) understands the opportunities and constraints that networks generate for firms; ii) understands the channels through which networks spur or limit growth at the local level; iii) is able to evaluate the policies that support the formation and the functioning of networks. 

Course contents

Economics of networks

1. The spatial dimension of individuals' and firms' choices. 

2. Economies of agglomeration and localization choices. 

3. Accessibility and localization choices. 

4. Proximity networks: geographical, relational, institutional and cognitive proximity. 

5. Social capital and territorial capital.

6. Marshallian districts and regional clusters.

7. Tourism applications.

Economics of local development

1. Production structure and local development.

2. Demand and regional growth. 

3. Factor endowment and regional growth.

4. Local competitiveness and cumulative growth.

5. Local competitiveness and regional growth.

6. Tourism applications.

Readings/Bibliography

Roberta Capello (2015) "Economia regionale", Il Mulino.

Further compulsory or optional readings will be communicated at the beginning of the course.

Teaching methods

Frontal lectures

Assessment methods

The assessment method is given by a written exam. The written exam aims at verifying the understanding of the theories exposed in class and their application to tourism. The overall written exam is composed by three questions (open questions). The students will have the possibility to choose two questions out of three. Each question assigns up to 30 points.  The final mark is given by the average of the questions, rounded up. The exam lasts 1 h and 30 minutes. 

Teaching tools

Beamer.

Office hours

See the website of Lorenzo Zirulia