118-0331/02 – Regional Economics (Reger)

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 graduateRequirementChoice-compulsory
Study languageEnglish
Year of introduction2008/2009Year of cancellation2010/2011
Intended for the facultiesEKFIntended for study typesBachelor
Instruction secured by
LoginNameTuitorTeacher giving lectures
SUH33 prof. Ing. Jan Sucháček, Ph.D.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Credit and Examination 2+1

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

After successful completion of the course you will be able: * to identitfy basic approaches to the location of economic entities * to explain the formation of spatial structures * to discuss the development of urban systems * to analyse location decision-making of enterprises and households * to use the methods typical for location decision-making

Teaching methods



The main objective of this course consists in the identification of basic approaches to the location behaviour and decision-making of economic entities. Patterns of location are derived either from the view of isolated subject or from the perspective of spatially interacting entity. At the same time, location of households and enterprises serves as a basis for the formation of spatial structures.

Compulsory literature:

1. Armstrong, M., Taylor, J.: Regional Economics and Policy. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2000. 2. Dunning, J., Lundan, S.: Multinational Enterprises and the Global Economy. London: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2008.

Recommended literature:

3. Vanhove, N., Klaassen, L.H.: Regional Policy - A European Approach. Avenbury, Gower Publishing Company Limited, 1987.

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester


Other requirements

No further requirements to students.


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

Subject syllabus: I. Location decision-making. Location decision-making of the enterprise. Enterprise or household as an open system. Further interacting subjects. II. Neo-classical, Behavioristic and Structural approach to the location. Location factors, their evolution and relevance. III. Neo-classical approach or the importance of transportation costs for location. Transportation costs and price. Optimal location. IV. Influence of transportation costs on the volume of the production and used technology. Production factors and exerted technology in spatial perspective. V. Transportation costs and spatial monopoly. Price strategies of the spatial monopoly. VI. Organisational structure, technology and location of the enterprise. Enterprise organisational structures and location behaviour. VII. Location behaviour of big and small enterprises. Spatial aspects of entrepreneurship and firm networks. VIII. Theory of production cycle and its spatial aspects. New industry and regional centres of the growth. IX. Interaction of localities: attractiveness and competition. Dispersion and concentration. Mechanisms supporting concentration and dispersion of economic activities. X. Agglomeration effects and their economic importance. Optimal size of the city. XI. Mutual relations of enterprises and creation of spatial structures. Von Thünen’s theory. XII. Theory of urban structures. Location decision-making of households. XIII. Settlement structure and urban systems. Theory of central places. Theory of urban systems. XIV. Models of urban development. Particular developmental stages and their application.

Conditions for subject completion

Full-time form (validity from: 1960/1961 Summer semester)
Task nameType of taskMax. number of points
(act. for subtasks)
Min. number of points
Exercises evaluation and Examination Credit and Examination 100 (100) 51
        Exercises evaluation Credit 45 (45) 0
                Laboratory work Laboratory work 20  0
                Project Project 15  0
                Other task type Other task type 10  0
        Examination Examination 55 (55) 0
                Oral Oral examination 55  0
Mandatory attendence parzicipation:

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2010/2011 (B6202) Economic Policy and Administration (6202R040) Regional Development P Czech Ostrava 3 Choice-compulsory study plan
2009/2010 (B6202) Economic Policy and Administration (6202R040) Regional Development P Czech Ostrava 3 Choice-compulsory study plan
2008/2009 (B6202) Economic Policy and Administration (6202R040) Regional Development P Czech Ostrava 3 Choice-compulsory study plan

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