In-Class Work Session
Rehearsal Quiz (Geog 350 Sp 2001)
The material covered by class presentations, readings and handouts can
categorized under 8 major headings. One (or more) example question will
be attached to each category. Each of you should select 3 questions
for individual answers and subsequent group discussions. (The
remaining questions should also be helpful for your midterm preparations):
- Geography 207: Which areas and topics
covered in Stutz would you
expect to be most relevant for Geography 350?
- Models: What is a model? Why do
we need models in regional economic
- Regions: We have
homogeneous and functional
regions. For what kinds of questions would we tend to make analytical use
of these two types of regions, respectively.
- Location Quotient: You
are presently involved in calculating and
assessing location quotients for your county. As you probably have
realized already, the selection of benchmark regions and employment
classifications will affect the location quotient results. Can you say
something about how you expect the degree of aggregation of
your employment categories to affect the size of the location quotient
(ceteris paribus or "all
other things being equal")
- Population: Population
not just depict age and sex composition of a population at a point in
time, but also permit dynamic insights about the fact that
(usually 5-year) birth cohorts travel together through their life stages.
What kinds of qualitative or quantitative questions are regional
analysts interested in when focusing on
- cohorts and
- life stages?
- Migration (Goetz-reading):
Migration across county boundaries
(impacts) economic development processes in many different ways. Identify
major categories of such impacts.
- Structure and Structural
Change: "Identifying 'structure' permits us
to control and manage complexity in regional analysis". Explain and
- Theory I: What is meant by the (originally inductively
derived) Engel's Law?
Do you know of any simple explanations for this empirically observed
- Theory II: Services (Tertiary
activities): Suggest some further
sub-divisions for service activities which today employ between 65 and 80%
of the labor force in industrialized countries. Do you have any
suggestions why your sub-divisions might be important for the
understanding of regional economies and appropriate for
regional economic analysis.
- Theory III: Why do some economic activities seek the company of the
same or different activities in close proximity while others do not? [Resources]