ECON 469 Spring 2015 Topics in Urban Economics

Cross Listed as ECON527
This course will provide students with an understanding of how economists think about and analyze various urban policy issues around the world. Those interested in doing policy work on urban issues and/or economic development in the future will find this course useful. We will cover topics including city size and growth, agglomeration extrenalities, land use and property rights, transportation and infrastructure, the valuation of education and environment, entrepreneurship and housing. Students will read economics journal articles on each topic, learn how to empirically analyze urban policy questions, and pursue individual research. There will also be a module based on case studies where students discuss and analyze real estate development projects using cost-benefit and cash-flow analysis. We will cover topics from both the US and developing countries.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: two empirical exercises, short response papers, and individual project that involves a proposal, presentation, and a final paper
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the Gaudino option
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Prerequisites: ECON 251 and ECON 255
Enrollment Preference: senior Economics majors and CDE students
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: POEC Comparative POEC/Public Policy Courses
Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 19
Class Number: 3500
ECON 469 - 01 (S) SEM Topics in Urban Economics Division 2: Social Studies Cancelled 3500
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