GY209      Half Unit
The Economic Geography of Trade, Production and Development

This information is for the 2019/20 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Davide Rigo


This course is compulsory on the BSc in Geography with Economics. This course is available on the BA in Geography, BSc in Economic History and Geography, BSc in Economics, BSc in Environment and Development and BSc in Environmental Policy with Economics. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.


Economics A (EC100) or Economics B (EC102). ST107 (or equivalent course in statistics) strongly recommended.

Course content

This course is concerned with economic geography. In particular we use ideas from International Trade, International Economics, Development and Regional Economics to talk about the location of economic activity across space and the consequences of uneven location. The module will look at the main international economics models, abstractions that help us focus on the key economic mechanisms and to develop a deeper understanding of those mechanisms. The main fundamental questions will be: a) what determines the distribution of production, trade and investment across countries? and b) what implications does this have for incomes and welfare.

The main topics covered during the module will be:

1. Introduction to trade

2. The Ricardian model of comparative advantage

3. Heckscher-Ohlin and factor endowments

4. Trade, globalisation and inequality

5. Krugman’s New Trade Theories

6. Spatial Distribution of Trade and Production

7. Trade Policy

8. Gravity models

9. Heterogeneous firms and trade


20 hours of lectures and 9 hours of classes in the MT.

Students on this course will have a reading week in Week 6.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to prepare for group discussion of some readings and hand in short essays and problem sets for formative assessment.

Indicative reading


Coursework (75%, 3000 words) in the LT.
Problem sets (25%) in the MT.

Key facts

Department: Geography & Environment

Total students 2018/19: 41

Average class size 2018/19: 14

Capped 2018/19: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills