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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. You should check this schedule at least weekly for updates and changes.

    Topic Reading Problems Solutions
    1. Introduction and some basic facts
    Jan 27.
    Required: Recommended: Reference:
    • Jacobs J., The death and life of great American cities. 1961. New York: Vintage. 1992.
    • Cronon W. Nature's metropolis: Chicago and the Great West. WW Norton & Company; 2009.
    • Glaeser E. Triumph of the City. Pan; 2011.
    PS #1 due Feb 10 solution
    2. Spatial equilibrium, Welfare and Capitalization
    Feb 1.
    Required: Recommended: Pennington JMP. For ref. rpt #1 Due Feb 15.
    How to write a referee report
    3. Monocentric city
    Feb 3, 8.
    Required: Recommended: Examples of the Border Discontinuity research design:
    PS #2 Due Mar 10
    solution
    5. Bid-rent ilustrated: Moncentric city with mode choice choice
    Feb 10
    Required: Recommended:
    • Urban Economic Theory, Ch 2. Fujita, 1989
    Supplemental:
    Research Sketch #1. Due Feb 17.
    6. Agglomeration and urban form
    Feb 15, 17
    Required: Recommended: PS #3 due April 14. solution
    7. Spatial Equilibrium and hedonic regressions
    Feb 24, Mar 1. 8
    No class Feb 22, March 3
    Required: Recommended: Research Sketch #2. Due Mar 1.
    8. Cities with discrete space.
    Mar 10, 15, 22 .
    Required: Recommended: Reference:
    • Discrete choice theory of product differentiation (1992). Anderson, S. P., De Palma, A., & Thisse, J. F. . MIT Press.
    • Discrete choice methods with simulation (2009).Train, Kenneth E. Cambridge University Press.
    Mendez Chacon and Van Patten JMP. For ref. rpt #2 Due Mar. 22
    9. Agglomeration Economies
    Mar 24, April 5, 7
    Required: Recommended: Reference: Porcher JMP. For ref. rpt #3 due April 12
    9. Systems of cities
    Apr 12, 14
    Required: Recommended: Reference: Research Sketch #3 Due April 5
    10. Migration (tentative)
    April 14, 19
    Required: Recommended:
    11. Economic Geography
    April 21, May 3
    No class April 26, 28
    Required: Recommended: Reference:
    14. Transportation (tentative)
    Required: Recommended: Final project due May 19