University of Liege | Version française
Academic year 2014-2015Value date : 31/10/2014
ECON0007-2  Public Management and Transport Economics

Duration :  30h Th, 15h Pr
Number of credits :  
Master degree in Economics5
Master in Geographical Sciences, general orientation, in-depth approach, 1st year5
Master in Geographical Sciences, general orientation, didactic approach, 1st year5
Master en sciences géographiques, orientation générale, à finalité spécialisée en développement territorial et géomatique, 1st year5
Master in Geographical Sciences, general orientation, specialized approach, 1st year5
Master en sciences géographiques, orientation générale, à finalité spécialisée en géomorphologie, 1st year5
Lecturer :  Henry-Jean Gathon
Language(s) of instruction :  
French language
Organisation and examination :  
Teaching in the second semester
Course contents :  
The aim of the course is to introduce several issues related to the allocation of resources available to public authorities. It combines a theoretical approach with some practical applications, particularly in the field of transportation. The course focuses on the best way resources can be used and on the part public authorities can lay in this respect. This analysis is applied to the field of transports (urban, regional, national, and international transports, by road, sea, river, air and rail). The issues such as the following will be discussed: factors that can account for transport expectations, externalities and public intervention, optimal fare system (marginal cost, "second best", peak hours/ off peak hours, in traffic congestion, etc.), choice of infrastructure to be invested in, assessment of the relative performance of private companies and public services publics, public policy,...
Learning outcomes of the course :  
At the end of the course, the student must be able to:
  • Identify and define the key concepts linked to transport economics
  • Use microeconomic tools in the context of transport
  • Interpret the causes and the effects of public policies in the transport sector
  • Understand the causes and the effects of european policies in the transport sector
Prerequisites and co-requisites/ Recommended optional programme components :  
Basics in Microeconomics
Planned learning activities and teaching methods :  
Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning) :  
Students are requested to participate actively in the course, which consists of interactive lectures and presentations prepared by groups of two or three students (on topics related to the European transport policy).
Recommended or required readings :  
Photocopies of various documents related to the discussed issues will be handed out.
Assessment methods and criteria :  
Evaluation is based on a written examination, the presentation in class, and involvement during the year. See "Remarks" here below !
Work placement(s) :  
Organizational remarks :  
Important remark: given the way the lessons are organized, class attendance is required.
 
Wednesday 13:30 - 16:30, second term
Contacts :  
Professor: Henry-Jean GATHON, Ph.: 04 366 2778, hj.gathon@ulg.ac.be
Assistant: Arjeta ALIAJ, tél :04 366 3108, a.aliaj@ulg.ac.be



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