Geography 207 Economic Geography

Autumn 2014

Instructor: William B. Beyers, Professor of Geography, Emeritus, 406A Smith Hall

Telephone: 543-5871 E-mail:


Office Hours: MWF 9:30-10:20AM or by appointment

Course Description:

The changing locations and spatial patterns of economic activity, including: production in agriculture, manufacturing, and services; spatial economic principles of trade, transportation, communications, and corporate organization; regional economic development, and the diffusion of technological innovation.

Syllabus & Links to Lecture Notes

Text: The World Economy by Frederick P. Stutz and Barney Warf. Sixth Edition..

Teaching Assistant: Philip Neel, Office Hours: TBD, Office: Smith 417

E-mail for Philip Neel:

Tentative Schedule of Lectures & Discussion Sections



W Sept 24

Introduction, Overview, Chapter 1 Economic Geography: An Introduction Intro207_Au2014.ppt vonHumboldt.ppt

Th Sept. 25

Discussion Sections

Fri Sept. 26

Chapter 1 Economic Geography: An Introduction, continued Chapter1b_Warf_6ed.ppt



M Sept. 29

Chapter 2. Historical Development of Capitalism Chapter2_Warf_6ed.ppt Kondratief.ppt Souk_Aleppo_ Syria.ppt

W Oct 1

Chapter 3 Population Chapter3_Warf_6ed.ppt

Th. Oct 2

Discussion Sections

F Oct 3

Chapter 3 continued, Population Chapter3_Warf_continued_6ed.ppt



M Oct 6

Chapter 4 Resources and the Environment Chapter4_6ed.ppt

W Oct 8

Chapter 4 continued, Resources and the Environment Chapter4a_6ed.ppt

Th Oct. 9

Discussion Sections

Fri. Oct 10

Exercise I County Economic Profile: Distributed and Discussed in class qcew-annual-averages-2012-revised.xls stout53.gif Resprob1_CountyProfile.doc



M. Oct 13

Chapter 5 Theoretical Considerations Chapter5_Warf_6ed.ppt

W Oct 15

Chapter 5 Theoretical Considerations continued Chapter5a_Warf.ppt

Th Oct 16

No Discussion Sections Phil Away

Fri Oct 17

No class, Beyers away



Mon Oct 20

Chapter 5 continuedChapter5b_Warf.ppt

Wed Oct 22

Chapter 5 continued Chapter5c_Warf.ppt Murano.ppt

Th. Oct 23

Discussion Sections

Fri. Oct 24

Exam I Chapters 1-5, to page 137 Exercise I due



Mon Oct 27

Chapter 6 Agriculture Chapter6_Warf.ppt rent.xls

Wed Oct 29

Chapter 10 Cities and Urban Economies Chapter10_Warf.ppt

Thurs Oct. 30

Discussion Sections

Friday Oct. 31

Chapter 10, Cities and Urban Economies continued



Monday Nov 3

Chapter 10, economic base & input-output models Chapter10a_Warf.ppt

Wed Nov 5

Exercise II: Impact Analysis Distributed and discussed in class impact_worksheets_2007_Autumn2014.xls EX2_data207_2014.xls Boeing Employment 1955-2013.ppt

Thursday Nov 6

Discussion Sections

Friday Nov 7

Ch 10, continued Chapter10_Warf2.ppt



Monday Nov 10

Ch 7 Manufacturing Chapter7_Warf.ppt

Wednesday Nov. 12

Beyers away no class

Thursday Nov 13

Discussion Sections

Friday Nov. 14

Exam II, Chapter 5 (p. 137 onwards) Ch 6, 10



Monday Nov.17

Exercise II Due; Exercise III Distributed, Retail Location Exercise Chapter7a_Warf_6ed.ppt RESPROB3.XLS

Wednesday Nov 19

Ch 8 Services Chapter8_Warf_6ed.ppt

Thurs Nov 20

Discussion Sections

Friday Nov 21

Ch 8, continued, Ch 9 Transportation and Communication Chapter8a_Warf_6ed.ppt E_Commerce_2013.ppt Chapter9_Warf_6ed.ppt



Monday Nov 24

Chapter 9, Transportation and Communication

Wed Nov. 26

Ch 11 Consumption Chapter 11_Warf_6ed.ppt

Ch. 12 International Trade and Investment Chapter12_Warf_6ed.ppt

Thursday Nov 27

Thanksgiving Holiday

Friday Nov. 28

Thanksgiving Holiday



Monday Dec 1

Ch 12 International Trade and Investment, continued, Ch 13 International Trade Patterns Exercise III Due

Wed Dec 3

Ch 14 Development and Underdevelopment in the Developing World

Thursday Dec 4

Discussion Sections

Friday Dec 5

Ch 14, continued. Development and Underdevelopment in the Developing World


There will be three research assignments over the course of the quarter, requiring the preparation of short papers reporting results of these assignments.

The grade for the course will be based on the examinations, the research assignments, and participation in the discussion sections.

Likely Distribution of Points

Exam I and Exam II - 100 points each

Final Exam 150 points

Research Exercises 35 points each

Final Examination: Tuesday Dec. 9 8:30AM-10:20AM