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Spring 2020 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 28.
    Required: Recommended:
    • 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 6
    solution
    2. Spatial equilibrium, Welfare and Capitalization
    Jan 30.
    Required:
    3. Monocentric city
    Feb 4, 6.
    Required: Recommended: Extensions: PS #2
    Due Feb 13
    solution
    5. Bid-rent ilustrated: Moncentric city with mode choice choice
    Feb 11
    Required:
    6. Agglomeration and urban form
    Feb 13, 20
    Required: Recommended: PS #3
    Due Feb 25.
    van Dijk 2019 (for ref. rpt #1)
    Due Feb 27.
    How to write a referee report
    solution
    7. Spatial Equilibrium and hedonic regressions
    Feb 25
    Required: Recommended:
    5. Cities with discrete space. `Gravity'.
    Feb 27, Mar 3, 10
    Required: Recommended: Tsivanidis 2019 (for ref. rpt #2). Due Mar. 10.
    Research Sketch #1. Due Mar. 13.
    7. Agglomeration Economies
    Mar 13 (Mostly skipped due to COVID19)
    Required: Recommended: Reference: Quintero and Roberts, working paper, 2019 (for ref. rpt #3).
    Due April 7
    Reesearch Sketch #2, Due April 2.
    9. Systems of cities
    Mar 31,April 2
    Required: Recommended: PS #4Due April 9
    Research Sketch #3 Due April 14
    solution
    10. Economic Geography (1)
    April 7, 9
    Required: Recommended:
    11. Economic Geography (2)
    April 14, 16
    Required: Recommended: Balboni, working paper, 2019 (for ref. rpt #4). (Recommended)
    12. Economic Geography (3)
    April 21, 23
    Required: Recommended: Final project
    Due May 15
    13. Transportation
    April 28
    Required:
    14. Migration (tentative}
    Required:
    15. Amenities
    Required: Recommended: