2017-2018 / ECON0007-2

Public Management and Transport Economics


30h Th, 15h Pr

Number of credits

 Master in economics : general (60 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in geography : general (120 ECTS)4 crédits 


Henry-Jean Gathon

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit 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 learning unit

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

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

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 students (on topics related to transportation economics). The mode of delivery may vary according to the number of registered students.

Recommended or required readings

Documents related to the discussed topics are available on MyULg.

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


Professor: Henry-Jean GATHON, Ph.: 04 366 2778, hj.gathon@ulg.ac.be
Assistant: Pierre Copée, tél :04 366 3108, p.copee@ulg.ac.be