ECO440, Urban Economics and Planning
Instructor: Thomas K. Tiemann
Office: Long 209C
Phone: office: 336.278.5957, home:919.969.8320
I am on campus most days from about until at least . If I am in my office, you are welcome to ask for help. You can call or email ahead, to see if I am around.
Texts: you will need to purchase:
O’Sullivan, Arthur, Urban
Economics, 5th ed.,
You will also receive a copy of:
A study of the development of cities and how public policy has and can affect their form health. Land values, urban problems, urban transportation, zoning and planning and local government finance will be covered.
· Learning about the economics of cities and urban places
· Understanding contemporary planning and zoning policy
· Practicing economists’ skills: interpretation of statistical results, applying theoretical models, reading difficult material
· Reflecting on how Americans live and use space
· Observation of economic phenomena in urban places
Course info: Here are some items to note. These will be explained further during the semester:
We will probably go to
· You will have a major paper due toward the end of the semester, and have to make a presentation to the class of your findings. These papers should be empirical (analyze data). Elon has a lot of new census data that should be interesting.
Your will be divided into groups, probably of
three. Each group will be expected to
take some time and visit a nearby city—
· There are a number of economics journal articles in the reading. Some of these are available online on campus, some are not and have been put on reserve at Belk Library.
· Class participation 20%
· Mid term exam 20%
· Group report on a nearby city 10%
· Term paper with oral presentation 25%
Final Exam, including
Reading outline, with journal article assignments.
Feb. 5. Introduction and definitions. O’S, ch.1
Feb. 9. Why cities? O’S, ch. 2. also read Glaeser, “Learning in Cities,” JUrbanEcon, 1999, on reserve.
Feb. 11. What size cities? O’S, ch. 3, also read Feldman & Audretsch, “Innovation in Cities,” EurEconRev, 1999, on reserve.
Feb. 16. Location of Firms. O’S, ch. 4. also read Ellison and Glaeser, “The Geographic Concentration of Industry,” AmEconRev, 89:2, May 1999 available from JStor.
Feb. 18. Central Place Theory. O’S, ch. 5.
Feb. 23. Urban Growth. O’S, ch. 6.
Feb. 25. Land Rent. O’S, ch. 7
Mar. 1. Land
Use. O’S, ch.
8. also read,
Mar. 3. More on Land Use. O’S., ch. 9. also read Mieszkowski and Mills, “The Causes of Metropolitan Suburbanization,” JourEconPers, 7:3, Summer 1993.
Mar. 8. Zoning. O’S, ch. 10.
Mar. 10. Mid term Exam.
Mar. 15. Autos and Highways. O’S, ch. 11
Mar. 17. Mass Transit. O’S, ch. 12
Mar. 29. The Creative Age.
Mar. 31. Creative Work.
Apr. 5. Life and Leisure.
Apr. 7. Creative Community.
Apr. 12. Who lives where? O’S, ch.
13. also read Brueckner, Thisse and Zenou, “Why is central
Apr. 14. Housing. O’S, ch. 17.
Apr. 19. Housing Policy, O’S, ch. 18.
Apr. 21. City Reports. Oral reports from groups.
Apr. 26. Prepare for
May 3. Paper presentations.
May 5. Paper presentations.
May 10. Make up and Review.
May 15. Final Exam. 11:30 am.