ECON 463 - Regional Economics

  • 3 credits
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Introduction to economic importance of location for firms, consumers, and policy makers. Basic tools, applications, and student research.

Regional economics is an applied field, bringing together insights from both micro and macroeconomics. The focus of this course will be on how geographic space can impact economic activity--essentially introducing space and location into previously learned basic models. During the final weeks of the course, we will use a simplified version of an input-output model to assess how certain policies may impact a regional economy.

By the end of this course, the student should be able to:

  • apply spatial concerns to micro and macroeconomic theory.
  • engage with a variety of location-production models.
  • understand how activities are distributed in space.
  • discuss the rationale behind firm clustering and dispersion.
  • describe how land rents are determined according to standard theory.
  • create, understand and analyze input-output models.
  • cricially evaluate the conclusions of regional economists.

This course requires the use of electronic proctoring through ProctorU, please see for detailed instructions.  For students requiring accommodations, please contact Resources for Disabled Students; for consideration of exceptions outside the scope of RDS, please contact the University Testing Center

This course can be applied toward:


ECON 306 (Intermediate Microeconomics).

Important Information

Prerequisites: Intermediate microeconomics, introductory macroeconomics, introductory calculus.

Textbooks and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • Urban and Regional Economics (2001)
    McCann, Philip
    ISBN: 978-0198776451


Matthew Elmer
Matthew Elmer

Matt is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Economics here at Colorado State University. His fields of study and research are in public, environmental, ecological, and regional economics. Prior to attending CSU he studied at the University of Colorado Boulder pursuing a double major in political science and economics with an emphasis in public economics. After graduating from CU, he began his journey at CSU in 2013 and is now finishing up field courses while also teaching part time and doing research part time with the US Forest Service. While at CSU he has taught classes on microeconomics, macroeconomics, environmental economics, and econometrics.