118-0300/05 – Regional and Environmental Economics (RGENEK)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of Regional and Environmental EconomicsCredits4
Subject guarantorprof. Ing. Jan Sucháček, Ph.D.Subject version guarantorprof. Ing. Jan Sucháček, Ph.D.
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementCompulsory
Study languageCzech
Year of introduction2010/2011Year of cancellation
Intended for the facultiesEKFIntended for study typesBachelor
Instruction secured by
LoginNameTuitorTeacher giving lectures
MAT637 Ing. Petra Daníšek Matušková
DRA099 Ing. Magdaléna Drastichová, Ph.D.
S1O70 RNDr. Ivan Šotkovský, Ph.D.
SUH33 prof. Ing. Jan Sucháček, Ph.D.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Examination 3+0

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

After completing the part of environmental economics students should be able to: Define the basic concepts and principles of environmental economics, Explain the concepts of externality, market failure, market-based incentives for environmental protection and regulation of pollution, Explain the concept of sustainable development, basic principles and alternative approaches to the transition towards sustainable development. After completing the part of regional economics students should be able to: Define and interpret basic concepts and principles of regional economy, regional processes and regional policy. Analyze and categorize regional disparities and types of problem regions. Describe and explain blueprint paper and forms support regional development. Explain meaning regional management, marketing and networks. Explain differences among urban and rural sociology, and compare basic approaches to transaction sociological research in region and community. Clarify roles cities and municipality at regional development.

Teaching methods



In the first part of the subject, knowledge about spatial aspects of economic processes will be developed. Current regional-political measures in the Czech Republic and at the level of the EU as well as the tasks of the minicipalities will be discussed as well. The second part includes an introduction in to environmental economics as a theory of environmental policy. It is focused on economical aspects of degradation of an environment and explaining of basic economic tools of environmental policy.

Compulsory literature:

TO PART OF THE REGIONAL ECONOMICS 1. ARMSTRONG, H. and TAYLOR, J. Regional Economics and Policy. Third edition. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers LTD., 2000. 450 p. ISBN 0-631-21657-X. TO PART ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS 2. HARRIS, Jonathan, M. Environmental and Natural Resource Economics: A Contemporary Approach. 2nd Edition. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2006. ISBN 978-0618496334.

Recommended literature:

To part of the REGIONAL ECONOMICS 1. ČERNÁ, Ĺubice a Martina JAKÁBOVÁ. Project Cycle Management. Bratislava: Slovenská technická univerzita, 2008. 101 s. ISBN 978-80-227-2822-5. 2. HAYTER, Roger. Dynamic of Industrial Location. Chichester, New York, …: John Wiley&sons, 2000. 484 p. ISBN 0-471—97119-7. 3. STIMSON, Robert, J., Roger R. STOUGH a Brian H. ROBERTS. Regional Economic Development. Analysins and Planning Stratgy. Second Edition. New York: Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, 2006. ISBN 3-540-43731-2. 4. VANHOVE, Norbert and Leo H. KLAASSEN. Regional Policy - European Approach. Avenburg, …, Gower Publisching Company Limited, 1987. ISBN 0-566-05413-2. To part ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS 5. FIELD, Barry, C. a Martha K. FIELD. Environmental Economics: An Introduction. 5th Edition. New York: McGraw-Hill/Irwin, 2009. ISBN 9780073375762. 6. TIETENBERG, Tom a Lynne LEWIS. Environmental Economics and Policy. 6th Edition. Addison-Wesley, 2009. ISBN 9780321599490. 7. HACKETT, Steven, C. Environmental and natural resources economics: Theory,policy and the sustainable society. 2nd Edition. Armonk,, New York, London: M. E. Sharpe, 2001. ISBN 0-7656-0681-X. 8. KOOTEN van, Comelis, G. and Erwin, H. BULTE. The Economics of Nature: Managing Biological Assets. Oxford UK: Blackwell Publisher, 2000. ISBN 0-631-21895-5.

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester

Continuous questioning the lecture on selected themes.


Other requirements

Other requirements are not required.


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

1 REGIONAL ECONOMICS 1.1 Regional economics, localization and participants - Trends in global localization of economic activities - Spatial concept in economics, from localization to the regional economy and actors - Regional innovation potential 1.2 Regional disparities, analysis and typology of regions - Regional disparities and what to do with them? - Regionalization, differentiation and classification of the regions - Partial of regional analysis and Lorenz curve 1.3 Spatial and socio-demographic characteristics of the population - Population size, territorial distribution, structure and methods of measurement of demographic processes - The current dynamics of the spatial components of population movement (generally, in the Czech Republic and in the world) - Spatial population movements, settlement of hierarchy and urbanization 1.4 Social aspects of regional development and territorial marketing - Social aspects of regional development - Territorial marketing 1.5 Strategic management, project management, and regional and local development - Strategic and operational management, and regional development documents (examples from Czech Republic) - Specifics types of regional management and regional manager - Project - attributes and content management of the efforts of people and institutions to create a unique place of activities, the region 1.6 Regional policy and Municipalities - Definitions, approaches and contemporary regional policy objectives - Principles and system programming; institution of regional policy in the Czech Republic - The role of municipalities in regional development. 2 ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS 2.1 Introduction – The development of economic thinking and the environmental economics, the relationship between the economy and the environment - The outline of the historical development of economic thinking - Introduction into the Environmental Economics - Basic definitions and functions of the environment - Relationship between the economy and the environment 2.2 An Introduction to economics of pollution – the theory of externalities - Pollution such as externalities - Nature and causes of externalities - Externality internalize under perfect and imperfect competition - Optimal level of negative externalities - Causes and main types of externalities - Analysis of the effects of the existence of externalities in the theory of welfare 2.3 Economic instruments of environmental policy - Optimization externalities through the market - Green taxes and optimal pollution - The charges in combination with quantitative control - Emissions permits trading - Subsidies as a tool of environmental policy - Environmentally harmful subsidies 2.4 Economic effectiveness of pollution control - Quantitative regulation - Basic functions and criteria for choice of market-based instruments - Basis for selecting market-based instruments 2.5 Decision-making and environment - The method of cost-benefit analysis and the problem of time - Integration of environmental considerations into the decision making process 2.6 Environmental economics and sustainable development - The development of environmental thinking - Prospects for humanity - The concept of sustainable development – definitions and conditions - The principles of sustainable development 2.7 Environmental economics and environmental policy - Overview distributional effects of environmental policy instruments - Relationship environmental policy and environmental economics.

Conditions for subject completion

Full-time form (validity from: 2009/2010 Summer semester)
Task nameType of taskMax. number of points
(act. for subtasks)
Min. number of points
Examination Examination 100 (100) 51
        Written exam of the regional economics Written test 50  26
        Written exam of the environmental economics Written test 50  25
Mandatory attendence parzicipation:

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2017/2018 (B6202) Economic Policy and Administration (6202R040) Regional Development P Czech Ostrava 2 Compulsory study plan
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2014/2015 (B6202) Economic Policy and Administration (6202R040) Regional Development P Czech Ostrava 2 Compulsory study plan
2012/2013 (B6202) Economic Policy and Administration (6202R040) Regional Development P Czech Ostrava 2 Compulsory study plan
2011/2012 (B6202) Economic Policy and Administration (6202R040) Regional Development P Czech Ostrava 2 Compulsory study plan
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