Graduate Urban Economics, Spring 2019

Syllabus (updated 5/14/2019)

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
  6. Week 6 (4/4): 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
  7. Week 7 (4/11): Agglomeration in China (lecture notes)
    1. Required: Au, Chun-Chung and Henderson, J. Vernon, "Are Chinese Cities Too Small?", Review of Economic Studies, 2006
    2. Suggested: Combes, Pierre-Philippe, Demurger, Sylvie, and Li Shi, "Migration Externalities in Chinese cities," European Economic Review, 2015
    3. Optional: Combes, Pierre-Philippe, Demurger, Sylvie, and Li Shi, "Migration Externalities in Chinese cities," Asian Development Review, 2017
  8. Week 8 (4/18): Agglomeration and Firm Concentration (lecture notes)
    1. Required: Ellison, Glenn and Glaeser, Edward, "Geographic Concentration in U.S. Manufacturing Industries: A Dartboard Approach," Journal of Political Economy, 1997
  9. Week 9 (4/25): New Economic Geography (lecture notes)
    1. Required: Krugman, Paul, "Increasing Returns and Economic Geography," Journal of Political Economy, 1991
    2. Optional: Krugman, Paul, "Scale Economies, Product Differentiation, and the Pattern of Trade," American Economic Review, 1980
  10. Week 10 (4/28--due to 劳动节): Spatial Methods in R
    1. R Markdown Notebook (same as 2018)
    2. Krugman 1980 Simulation: R Notebook
  11. Week 11 (5/9): Agglomeration and Increasing Returns: Evidence from China (lecture notes)
    1. Faber, Ben. "Trade Integration, Market Size, and Industrialization: Evidence from China's National Trunk Highway System," Review of Economic Studies.
  12. Week 12 (5/16): Consumer Cities (lecture notes)
    1. Required: Glaeser, Edward, Kolko, Jed, and Saiz, Albert, "Consumer City", Journal of Economic Geography, 2001
    2. Optional: Schiff, Nathan, "Cities and Product Variety: Evidence from Restaurants," Journal of Economic Geography, 2015
    3. Optional: Couture, Victor and Handbury, Jessie, "Urban Revival in America, 2000 to 2010," Working Paper, 2017
  13. Week 13 (5/23): Agglomeration in Cities (lecture notes)
    1. Required: Ahfeldt, G., Redding, S., Sturm, D., Wolf, N. "The Economics of Density: Evidence from the Berlin Wall," Econometrica, 2015.
  14. Week 14 (5/30): Introduction to Housing Economics and the Chinese Housing Market (lecture notes)
    1. Required: Glaeser, Huang, Ma, and Shleifer, "A Real Estate Boom with Chinese Characteristics," Journal of Economic Perspectives, 2017
    2. Optional: Wu, Gyourko, Deng, "Evaluating the risk of Chinese housing markets: What we know and what we need to know," China Economic Review, 2016
    3. Optional: Glaeser, and Nathanson, "Housing Bubbles," Handbook of Urban and Regional Economics, 2015
  15. Week 15 (6/6): Durable Housing and Filtering
    1. Required: Glaeser, Gyourko, "Urban Decline and Durable Housing," Journal of Political Economy, 2005
    2. Required: Rosenthal, "Are Private Markets and Filtering a Viable Source of Low-Income Housing? Estimates from a 'Repeat Income' Model", American Economic Review, 2013
    3. Optional: Rosenthal, "Old homes, externalities, and poor neighborhoods. A model of urban decline and renewal," Journal of Urban Economics, 2008
  16. Week 16 (6/13): Student presentations