Second In-Class Examination (Geog.207/Wi'01)
Total points: 50
Total time: 50 minutes
Part I: Short Answers: Select 6 (Identify by number so you do
not have to repeat the question, 5 minutes each)
Be sure that you define the
concept(s) which is/are at the center of the question before you
to the question itself.
- Why may it be important for a regional analyst to distinguish between
"cohorts" and "age groups" of a population?
- Stutz, p.77etc. (Ch.2)
- Class notes, Tuesday, Week5
- What is a "critical isodapane" in Weber's industrial location
analysis, and how have we used it in class?
- What factors on the supply and demand side
influence the "threshold range" of a service such as a community library?
- Describe the geographically interesting
attributes of "basic" and
"non-basic" services and explain why the distinction is hardly ever
- Briefly identify some of the implications of the employment shifts in
the services sector toward more information-oriented services.
- What is meant by a "product (life) cycle" and for what
geographically interesting context(s) has
it been suggested to have explanatory value?
- Why do we need the regional employment multiplier? What is its
function or purpose?
- Class notes, Thursday, week7 & Tuesday, week8
- How does the size of such a
multiplier typically respond to the size of a region and its degree of
- List some of the strategies or behaviors of a
multi-locational (e.g. multinational) organization or corporations which
have the potential for (a) beneficial; (b) detrimental effects on a host
economy such as a Third-World country.
PART II: (One) Essay-Statement (20 minutes)
Select ONE of the following groups of terms representing three
conceptual areas in Economic Geography:
- "Structure", "structural change",
"location quotient", "complexity", "(dis)aggregation", "three-sector
hypothesis", "employment shifts", "long-run", "Engel's Law", "labor
productivity", structural unemployment.
- "Agglomeration (dis)economies", "(dis)economies
of scope", "external (dis)economies", "externalities", "congestion
diseconomies", U-shaped average cost curve.
- "Spatial demand function", "distance elasticity
decay", "range of a good", "Engel's law", the "income elasticity of the
distance elasticity of demand", "K-3 system" (Christaller),
Try to bring some conceptual order to one of these three fields by
selecting at least five (5) of the terms.
- Define and delineate the meanings of these
- Relate the terms to each other and identify and discuss
the general conceptual context in which these
concepts have become important in discourses in economic geography.
1. Describe your group's mission.
2. How does the group's mission relate to your own project?