Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät

Economic Geography and Trade in the Long-Run (in English)


  • Seminar
  • Tuesday 12-14 SPA1, 21a
  • Prof. N. Wolf
  • Moodle Link


In this seminar we discuss recent research on economic geography and trade in the long-run. The focus is on developments in Europe compared to other regions of the world over the past 150 years. Topics include changing patterns of industrial agglomeration, urban growth and urban land use, and intra- and interregional trade costs and trade flows. The approach is based on theoretical models in urban economics, economic geography and trade theory, and structural estimation of such models using long-run data and historical case-studies.


  • Masahisa Fujita, Paul Krugman and Anthnoy J. Venables (1999) "The Spatial Economy. Cities, Regions, and International Trade", MIT Press.
  • Ronald Findlay and Kevin H O'Rourke (2007) "Power and Plenty. Trade, War and the World Economy in the Second Millenium", Princeton University Press.

Organizational matters

  • MA: 6 SP, Modul: Economic History
  • Diplom: 2 KP, Wahlpflichtfach Wirtschaftsgeschichte


Seminar paper (60 %), presentation (30 %), active participation (10%).

Supplementary material

Overview of topics (pdf)