Graduate Urban Economics, Spring 2018

Syllabus (updated 2/20/2018)

Referee report guidelines


  1. Week 1 (3/1): Introduction, Urbanization in China (lecture notes)
    1. Required: Chauvin, Juan Pablo, Glaeser, Edward, Ma, Yueran, and Tobio, Kristina, “What is Different about Urbanization in Rich and Poor Countries? Cities in Brazil, China, India, and the United States.” Journal of Urban Economics, 2016
    2. Optional: J. Vernon Henderson, "Urbanization in China: Policy Issues and Options," Recommendation to China Economic Research and Advisory Program, 2009
  2. Week 2 (3/8): Monocentric City (lecture notes)
    1. Required: Brueckner, Jan K., "The Structure of Urban Equilibria: A Unified Treatment of the Muth-Mills Model'', Ch. 20, Handbook of Regional Science and Urban Economics, Vol 2, 1987
    2. Optional: Duranton, Gilles and Puga, Diego, "Urban Land Use'', Handbook of Regional Science and Urban Economics, Vol 5, 2015. The first two sections (up to p14) cover the basic model from our class.
  3. Week 3 (3/15): Monocentric City continued (lecture notes)
    1. Required: LeRoy, Stephen F. and Sonstelie, Jon, "Paradise Lost and Regained: Transportation Innovation, Income, and Residential Location", Journal of Urban Economics, 1983
  4. Week 4 (3/22): Decentralization in China (lecture notes)
    1. Required: Baum-Snow, Brandt, Henderson, Turner, Zhang. "Roads, Railroads and Decentralization of Chinese Cities," Review of Economics and Statistics, forthcoming
    2. Optional: Redding, Stephen J. and Turner, Matthew A., "Transportation Costs and the Spatial Organization of Economic Activity," Handbook of Regional Science and Urban Economics, Vol 5, 2015
  5. Week 5 (3/29): Spatial Equilibrium across Cities (lecture notes)
    1. Required: Roback, Jennifer. "Wages, Rents, and the Quality of Life," Journal of Political Economy, 1982
    2. Recommended: Glaeser, Edward, and Gottlieb, Joshua, "The Wealth of Cities: Agglomeration Economies and Spatial Equilibrium in the United States," Journal of Economic Literature, 2009
  6. Week 6 (4/5): 清明节: no class
  7. Week 7 (4/12):  Sorting within Cities (lecture notes)
    1. Required: Bayer, Patrick, Ferreira, Fernando, and McMillan, Robert, "A Unified Framework for Measuring Preference for Schools and Neighborhoods," Journal of Political Economy, 2007
    2. Optional: Bayer, Patrick, McMillan, Robert, and Rueben, Kim “An Equilibrium Model of Sorting in an Urban Housing Market,” NBER WP 10865
  8. Week 8 (4/19): Microfoundations of Agglomeration (lecture notes)
    1. Required: Duranton, Gilles and Puga, Diego, "The Micro-Foundations of Urban Agglomeration Economies," Handbook of Regional and Urban Economics, Vol 4, 2004
      1. Note 1: This is a long paper and so I only want you to understand the basic models of sharing, matching, and learning. Therefore you can skip sections: 2.3.2, 2.4, 3.1.5, 3.3, 4.2.2, 4.3.
      2. Note 2: above link is to the final working paper, which is a clearer digital copy than the handbook article
  9. Week 9 (4/17): Systems of Cities: Evidence from China (lecture notes)
    1. Required: Au, Chun-Chung and Henderson, J. Vernon, "Are Chinese Cities Too Small?", Review of Economic Studies, 2006
    2. Optional: Au, Chun-Chung and Henderson, J. Vernon, "How migration restrictions limit agglomeration and productivity in China", Journal of Development Economics, 2006