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Spring 2023 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 25.
    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.
    2. Monocentric city
    No class January 30
    Feb 1, 6.
    Required: Recommended: Examples of the Border Discontinuity research design:
    3. Bid-rent ilustrated: Moncentric city with mode choice choice
    Feb 8
    Required: Recommended:
    • Urban Economic Theory, Ch 2. Fujita, 1989
    Supplemental:
    PS #1 due Feb 8
    4. Agglomeration and urban form
    Feb 13, 15
    Required: Recommended: Kulka, Sood and Chiumenti. 2022, for ref. rpt #1 Due Feb 13.
    How to write a referee report
    5. Spatial Equilibrium and hedonic regressions
    No class Feb 20
    Feb 22,27, Mar 1.
    Required: Recommended: Research Sketch #1. Due Feb 22.
    6. Cities with discrete space.
    Mar 6, 8, 13 .
    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.
    PS #2 Due Mar 6
    Research Sketch #2. Due Mar 13.
    7. Agglomeration Economies
    Mar 15, 20, 22
    Required: Recommended: Reference: Kreindler et al 2022. For ref. rpt #2 Due Mar. 20
    8. Systems of cities
    No class Mar. 27, 29
    Apr 3, 5, 10
    Required: Recommended: Reference: PS #3 due April 10.
    9. Migration
    April 12, 17
    Required: Recommended: Heblich, Redding and Voth unp 2022. For ref. rpt #3 due April 12
    10. Economic Geography
    April 19, 24, 26, May 1
    Required: Recommended: Reference: Research Sketch #3 Due April 19
    11. Transportation (tentative)
    May 3, 8
    Required: Recommended: Final project due May 18