Economics Department main page ECO1410 - Urban Economics
Spring 2022 Schedule
Professor Matthew Turner
Department of Economics
Brown University
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  • No recording of lecture for March 23 due to a technical problem.
  • Anyone interested in environmental economics with a libertarian bent, might be interested in this link.
  • The dates when we cover particular topics are tentative and will likely depending on our rate of progress. Check here at least weekly for updates.

    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.
    Jan 26
    Course description and requirements
    #1: The Monocentric City Model
    Jan 26, 31, Feb 2, 7
    Notes #1
    • Breuckner Ch. 2 , to section 2.4
    PS#1, due Feb 9. solution
    #2: Evidence for the Monocentric Model
    Feb 9, 14
    Notes #2
    Recommended: PS#2, due Feb 16. solution
    #3: Monocentric city model with housing
    Feb 16
    Notes #3
    These two readings are pretty similar. Pick the one you like best. and
    PS#3, due Feb 25. solution
    #4: Urbanization in the developed and developing world
    Feb 21 -- no class
    Feb 23, 28, Mar 2
    Notes #4
    Required: Recommended: PS#4, due Mar 7. solution
    #5: White Flight, Gentrification, and Bid-Rent
    Mar 7, 14, 21
    No class Mar 9
    Notes #5
    Required: PS#5, due Mar 23. solution
    In class midterm
    Mar 16
    Regular classroom solution
    #6: The Rosen-Roback Model and the Quality of Life
    Mar 23, April 4, 6
    Notes #6
    • Breuckner Ch. 11
    • 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 Apr 11. solution
    #7: Agglomeration Economies
    Apr 6, 11, 13
    Notes #7
    Required: Recommended: PS#7, due Apr 18. solution
    #8: Systems of cities and Zipf's law
    April 18, 20
    Notes #8
    Required: Recommended: PS#8, due Apr 25. solution
    #9: Sorting, local publc finance, and a simple model of heterogenous agents
    April 25, May 2
    No class April 27
    Notes #9
    Required: Recommended: PS#9, not collected. solution
    #10: Traffic congestion and infrastructure
    • TBD
    • TBD
    Final, May 18, 2:00 PM, Friedman Hall 208