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On 3 April 2020 and in agreement with the President of the Government of Catalonia, the Catalan Minister of Business and Knowledge and the rectors of the other Catalan universities, the Rector of the Universitat de Barcelona decided to suspend all second-semester face-to-face teaching activities until the end of the academic year. For this reason, our university's teaching staff may need to make certain changes to the course plans of the subjects they teach, so that they can teach subjects online. When and where such changes are made, they will be explained in a new appendix attached to the end of the original course plan.



General information

 

Course unit name: Infrastructure and Transport Economics

Course unit code: 570073

Academic year: 2019-2020

Coordinator: Xavier Fageda Sanjuan

Department: Department of Econometrics, Statistics and Applied Economics

Credits: 2,5

Single program: S

 

 

Estimated learning time

Total number of hours 62.5

 

Face-to-face and/or online activities

20

 

-  Lecture

Face-to-face

 

20

Supervised project

21

Independent learning

21.5

 

 

Recommendations

 

Intermediate level of econometrics.

Intermediate level of microeconomics.

 

 

Competences to be gained during study

 

Basic competences

— Knowledge forming the basis of original thinking in the development or application of ideas, typically in a research context.

— Capacity to apply the acquired knowledge to problem-solving in new or relatively unknown environments within broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts related to the field of study.

— Capacity to communicate conclusions, judgements and the grounds on which they have been reached to specialist and non-specialist audiences in a clear and unambiguous manner.

— Skills to enable lifelong self-directed and independent learning.


General competences

— Ability to establish original research questions and hypotheses based on a relevant theoretical framework that can be tested empirically.

— Ability to thoroughly read and critically assess research papers in economics, to identify essential contributions and the frontier of knowledge.

— Ability to write scientific articles that can be published in journals of economics and to present them in international scientific conferences.

— Ability to produce financial reports for public or private organizations and communicate results clearly and in a precise manner.


Specific competences

— Capacity to recognize, analyse and assess the complexity, functioning and main challenges of socioeconomic reality, to contribute to the resolution of the economic problems it faces.

— Ability to implement knowledge and theory to the resolution of specific economic problems, typically in new and multidisciplinary contexts.

— Ability to formulate relevant economic problems with accuracy in areas such as market regulation, industrial organization and decision-making on public policy, and to propose solutions to those problems, using techniques learned from theoretical or empirical analysis and simulation.

— Ability to search and analyse data from real world economics, in order to fully understand it.

 

 

 

 

Learning objectives

 

Referring to knowledge

This course aims to analyse economics and politics of infrastructure in the general framework of transport economics. It introduces basic elements of the theory of demand and supply of transport, and the analysis of positive and negative effects of infrastructures on economic activity.

In this context, we discuss various topics of interest, such as transport policies that address the problem of congestion, privatization and regulation of transport infrastructures, the political economy of regional allocation of infrastructure investments and competition in passenger transport.

The course program is divided in three parts: (1) Economic theory of transport, (2) Infrastructure and economic activity, and (3) Selected topics.

 

 

Teaching blocks

 

1. Transport economics

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1.1. Preliminary issues
1.2. Costs
1.3. Demand
1.4. Prices

2. Transport infrastructures, economic growth and negative externalities

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2.1. Infrastructure and economic growth
2.2. Infrastructure and negative externalities

3. Selected topics

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3.1. Intermodal and intra-modal competition
3.2. Political economy of investments
3.3. Privatization and regulation
3.4. Congestion 

 

 

Teaching methods and general organization

 

The course is structured in two parts. The first part is based on the instructor lectures. The second part is based on discussion and presentations of students in class.

 

 

Official assessment of learning outcomes

 

Assessment of the learning outcomes is calculated according to three parameters, with the following corresponding weighting:

1. Examination on contents of the sessions (1/3)

2. Presentation and student participation in class (1/3)

3. Practical exercise (1/3)*

* There are two alternative options for carrying out the practical exercise:
3.1. Resolution of an econometric exercise (with Stata or E-views) consisting in estimating demand and price equations in aviation.
3.2. Writing a short essay (1500-2000 words) to discuss a topic of present interest concerning transport policy.

 

Examination-based assessment

Assessment of the learning outcomes is calculated according to two parameters, with the following corresponding weighting:

1. Examination on contents of the sessions (2/3)

2. Practical exercise (1/3)*

* There are two alternative options for carrying out the practical exercise:
2.1. Resolution of an econometric exercise (with Stata or E-views) consistent in estimating demand and price equations in aviation.
2.2. Writing a short essay (1500-2000 words) to discuss a topic of present interest concerning transport policy.

 

 

Reading and study resources

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Book

Button, K. (2010) Transport Economics. 3rd ed. Cheltenham : UK : Edward Elgar.

Catāleg UB  Enllaç

De Rus, G.; Campos, J.; Nombela, G. ( 2003 ) Economía del Transporte, Barcelona : Antoni Bosch

Catāleg UB  Enllaç

Article

Romp, W.; De Haa, J. (2005): Public capital and economic growth: a critical survey, EIB papers, 10 (1), 40-70.

Catāleg UB  Enllaç
Article en línia  Enllaç

 

 

ADAPTATION OF THE COURSE PLAN TO ONLINE TEACHING MODE FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2019-2020, IN RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 CRISIS

 

Methodology and alternative educational activities:
All sessions are face-to-face (this course was not affected by the confinement). The evaluation is based in three parts: 1/3 paper presentations, 1/3 Econometric exercise or policy essay, 1/3 Exam with materials. Paper presentations and supervision of second task have been made face-to-face. Given that the exam is with materials, it is not seriously affected by the confinement. Students must answer 2 of 4 questions; questions are based on assessing current transport policies with the concepts examined during the course.

Accreditation assessment of learning:

 


CONTINOUS ASSESSMENT

Regarding the deadlines to renounce to the continuous assessment, please note that the Vice-Rectors for Teaching and Academic Affairs and Quality agreed that students can request the single assessment until the end of the teaching period. This must be stated.

 

All students have followed the continuous assessment.

 

 

SINGLE ASSESSMENT

If the suspension of face-to-face activities is extended beyond the periods established for the continuous assessment, single assessment and reassessment established in the academic calendar approved by the Faculty of Economics and Business (June and July 2020), the single assessment tests will have to be online.

All students have followed the continuous assessment.

REASSESSMENT

If the suspension of face-to-face activities is extended beyond the periods established for the continuous assessment, single assessment and reassessment established in the academic calendar approved by the Faculty of Economics and Business (June and July 2020), the single assessment tests will have to be online.

All students have passed the course