ECON 383
Cities, Regions and the Economy Fall 2014
Division II
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Cities and urbanization can have significant impacts on the economy. In many developed economies, a process of regional decline is associated with older, industrial cities. In developing countries, the process of economic growth is generally associated with increasing urbanization. Urbanization, with its increasing concentration of population and production, puts particular pressure on markets to allocate resources for provision of land, housing, transportation, labor and public goods. Urbanization can alter the productivity of land, labor, and capital in ways that can improve the welfare of residents and the performance of the broader economy. In this course we will examine these conflicting economic forces and examine some recent research that contributes to our understanding of the difference between regional growth and decline, and the role that the urban structure plays in these processes. We will examine the function of land, housing, transportation, and labor markets in the urban context, and the scope for public policies to improve the performance of the regional economy.
The Class: Format: lecture/discussion
Limit: 25
Expected: 25
Class#: 1480
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: two midterms and a research paper
Prerequisites: ECON 251
Enrollment Preferences: seniors and juniors
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: AMST Space and Place Electives
ENVP PE-A Group Electives
ENVP SC-A Group Electives
INST - Urbanizing World Electives
POEC U.S. Political Economy + Public Policy Course

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