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William B Beyers
GEOG 440
Seattle Campus

Regional Analysis

Regional industrial structures and economic change. Application of shift-share, cohort, multiplier, input/output, and programming models to the analysis and projection of regional population and employment patterns, regional growth differentials, and regional impact analysis. Recommended: GEOG 207.

Class description

This course covers a number of frequently used method of regional analysis. Methods include descriptive techniques such as location quotients, coefficients of regional specialization, indices of industrial concentration, and shift-share analysis. Regional economic models are considered in-depth, including economic base, survey and nonsurvey regional input-output models, and regional econometric models. Extensions of the accounting systems for these models are considered, including environmental, demographic, and optimization approaches. Descriptive techniques used in regional development studies are also covered. The emphasis is on methods which are frequently used in the "real world" as well as in scholarly research. The course follows up classroom presentations of methods with exercises which provide a learning experience with these techniques. Five exercises will be required utilizing methods taught in this class. There will be a take home final. The exercises will account for 60% of the grade. A take-home final examination will account for 20% of the grade, and a research paper will account for 20% of the grade.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by William B Beyers
Date: 09/28/2011