Graduate Urban Economics, Spring 2019

Syllabus (updated 2/27/2019)

Referee report guidelines


  1. Week 1 (2/28): 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 (3/7): 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 (3/14): Monocentric City and Decentralization in China (lecture notes: Leroy and Sonstelie, Decentralization in China)
    1. Required: Baum-Snow, Brandt, Henderson, Turner, Zhang. "Roads, Railroads and Decentralization of Chinese Cities," Review of Economics and Statistics, 2017
    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
    3. Optional: LeRoy, Stephen F. and Sonstelie, Jon, "Paradise Lost and Regained: Transportation Innovation, Income, and Residential Location", Journal of Urban Economics, 1983
  4. Week 4 (3/21): 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
  5. Week 5 (3/28):  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