European economic development management
This course offers an advanced introduction to economic development management, with a focus on regional and local policies in the European Union. Throughout this course, you will be presented with some of the most current questions in European economic development management. Why do political leaders care about regional economic development? What are the main theoretical models for understanding differences in growth across countries and regions? Does the EU single market foster economic convergence? What are the main policies by which local and regional authorities attempt to promote economic development? Is territorial competition good for growth in Europe as a whole? Does EU cohesion spending work? Could the digital economy help regions that are lagging behind?
The course is divided into five parts. It starts by presenting the importance of regional and local economic development from an economic and political standpoint, and by providing an overview of the current situation across European regions. In the second part, the course goes on by presenting the main economic theories that can help us understand regional and local economic development, both in the long run and in the short run. The third part introduces the EU single market, with a focus on the analysis of its impact on economic convergence across European countries and regions. This is followed by a fourth part on the policies that regions and cities implement themselves to boost their own economic growth. The final part of the course analyses EU cohesion policy, how it works, why, and how it could be reformed. This course is aimed at advanced undergraduate and early graduate students with an interest in undestanding how regional and local policies work in order to transfer this knowledge directly into professional careers in the management of European economic development or use it as a basis for further study and research.