75696 - Economics of Networks and Local Systems

Course Unit Page

  • Teacher Laura Vici

  • Learning modules Laura Vici (Modulo 1)
    Lorenzo Masiero (Modulo 2)

  • Credits 8

  • SSD SECS-P/01

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures (Modulo 1)
    Traditional lectures (Modulo 2)

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Rimini

  • Degree Programme First cycle degree programme (L) in Economics of Tourism (cod. 8847)

  • Course Timetable from Feb 14, 2023 to Mar 21, 2023

    Course Timetable from Apr 17, 2023 to May 19, 2023


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 2022/2023

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

Learning Module 1 (prof. Laura Vici)
1. The spatial dimension in business and individual decision process
2. Economies of agglomeration and localization decisions.
3. Industrial districts, tourism districts and the territory
4. Proximity networks: geographical, relational, institutional and cognitive proximity.
5. Neo-Schumpeterian theories
6. The concept of territorial capital
7. Applications to the tourism sector
8. Diffusion of technologies. Applications to the tourism sector
Learning Module 2 (prof. Lorenzo Masiero)
1.Transport and Tourism
2.The transport demand
3.Location of productive and residential activities
4. Transport networks
5.Tourist flows and accessibility of tourists
6. Local transport and tourism in Romagna
7. Regional development theory
8. Regional demand and growth
9. Tourism and development strategy
10. Tourism and export-led growth


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 exam lasts 60 minutes and contains 4 questions (2 questions for the first module and 2 questions for the second module).

The grade is graduated as follows:

<18 failed
18-23 sufficient
24-27 good
28-30 very good
30 e lode excellent

Teaching tools


Office hours

See the website of Laura Vici

See the website of Lorenzo Masiero