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Spring 2022 Schedule
Professor Matthew Turner
Department of Economics
Brown University
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    The following schedule describes the material to be covered during the term. The dates on which particular material will be covered and when asignments are subject to change depending on our rate of progress. Please check this schedule at least weekly for updates and changes.

    Topic Reading Problems Solutions
    #0:Introduction. Logistics. Why is the economics of cities important?
    Jan 26
    #1: The Monocentric City Model
    Jan 31, Feb 2, 7
    Notes #1
    Required: PS#1, due Feb 9.
    #2: Evidence for the Monocentric Model
    Feb 9, 14
    Notes #2
    Required: PS#2, due Feb 16.
    #3: Monocentric city model with housing
    Feb 16
    Notes #3
    These two readings are pretty similar. Pick the one you like best. PS#3, due Feb 23.
    #4: Urbanization in the developed and developing world
    Feb 21 -- no class
    Feb 23, 28, Mar 2
    Notes #4
    Required: PS#4, due Mar 7.
    #5: White Flight, Gentrification, and Bid-Rent
    Mar 7, 9
    Notes #5
    Required: Reccommended:
    • The Color of Law
    PS#5, due Mar 14.
    #6: The Rosen-Roback Model and the Quality of Life
    Mar 14
    Notes #6
    • Sinha et al. JUE 2021 This is harder than I'd like, but the best I can find. Just try to get through equation 7.
    PS#6, due Mar 23.
    In class midterm
    Mar 16
    Regular classroom
    #6: The Rosen-Roback Model and the Quality of Life, cont.
    Mar 21
    #7: Agglomeration Economies
    Mar 23, Apr 4
    Notes #7
    • Brueckner Ch 1
    • Autor, book chapter 2021
    • Moretti AER 2021
    • Holmes, REStat 1999
    PS#7, due Apr 6.
    #7: Systems of cities and Zipf's law
    • TBD
    • TBD
    #8: Traffic congestion and infrastructure
    • TBD
    • TBD
    #9: Sorting
    • TBD
    • TBD
    #10: Local Labor Markets
    • TBD
    • TBD
    Final, TBD