Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo / Portale Web di Ateneo


A.Y. Credits
2021/2022 8
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Ilario Favaretto

Assigned to the Degree Course

International Politics, Society, Economics (LM-62)
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Learning Objectives

The course aims to provide students with the methodological tools for understanding the relationships between macroeconomics and regional economic policy, of which the main measures undertaken by the European Union will be presented.
It aims to improve the student's analytical skills and synthesis through the study of the theories and knowledge of the strategies of the Regional Economic Policy of the European Union. In particular, the Cohesion Policy aimed at achieving the convergence and integration between states and regions of the EU, with particular reference to the use of the Structural Funds.
A final study will be dedicated to the ongoing debate on the development of policies for the socio-economic cohesion.


First part. The territorial dimension of the contemporary economic development and the regional economic policy instruments.
1. The inter-regional mobility of factors: the neoclassical model.
2. Theories of structural imbalance: circular causation, development poles, filtering-down.
3. Export-led development models and policy implications.
4. The theories of growth: productivity, technology, human capital.
5. The theory of endogenous growth.
Second part. The Regional Economic Policy of the European Union.
6. Strategies:
- The Plan for Sustainable Spatial Development;
- Sustainability, cohesion and public spirit;
- Economic and social cohesion: the stages, phases, tools;
- The reform of cohesion policy.
7. The objectives and tools:
- Socio-economic development;
- Balanced development;
- Sustainable Development;
- Structural Funds and financial institutions.

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Supporting Activities

The teaching material and specific communications from the lecturer can be found, together with other supporting activities, inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Teaching, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment


Lectures, seminars, dissertations.

Course books

Lecture notes by the teacher and literature concerning essays, articles and research.
Students must prepare for the exam on the following material:
Sixth report on the social economic and territorial cohesion
Chapter 4: Public investment, growth and the crisis
Chapter 6: The evolution of cohesion policy
Chapter 7: Effects of cohesion policy
Chapter 8: Cohesion Policy in 2014-2020
Permanent revolution Cohesion policy: restarting the reform debate
The Monetary Policy of the ECB in 2011
Introduction from page 9 to page 12
Chapter 1 The institutional framework of the single monetary policy from page 13 to page 27
Chapter 2 The economic and financial structure of the euro area from page 29 to page 54
Chapter 3 The ECB's monetary policy strategy


Written test. Papers produced by students during the course will be evaluated.

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