Graduate Urban Economics, Spring 2021

Syllabus

  1. Week 1 (3/1): Introduction, Urbanization in China (lecture notes)
  2. Week 2 (3/8): Monocentric City Model (lecture notes)
  3. Week 3 (3/15): Monocentric City Model and Transportation Modes (lecture notes)
  4. Week 4 (3/22): Transportation and Decentralization in China (lecture notes)
  5. Week 5 (3/29): Equilibrium across Cities (lecture notes)
  6. Week 6 4/5: No class, 清明节
  7. Week 7 (4/12): Sorting within Cities (lecture notes)
  8. Week 8 (4/19): no class (to be made up later)
  9. Week 9 (4/26): Microfoundations of Agglomeration (lecture notes)
    • Required: Duranton, Gilles and Puga, Diego, “The Micro-Foundations of Urban Agglomeration Economies,” Handbook of Regional and Urban Economics, Vol 4, 2004
      1. Note: 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. The above link is to the final working paper, which is a clearer digital copy than the handbook article
    • Optional: Au, Chun-Chung and Henderson, J. Vernon, “Are Chinese Cities Too Small?”, Review of Economic Studies, 2006
    • Optional: Au, Chun-Chung and Henderson, J. Vernon, “How migration restrictions limit agglomeration and productivity in China”, Journal of Development Economics, 2006
  10. Week 10 (5/3): No class (劳动节)
  11. Week 11 (5/10): Agglomeration and Firm Concentration (lecture notes)
  12. Week 12 (5/17): Local Measures of Concentration
    1. Required: Dai, Tianran and Schiff, Nathan, “The Structure and Growth of Ethnic Neighborhoods,” Working Paper 2021
    2. Mapping website
  13. Week 13 (5/24): Spatial Methods in R
    1. Package for class exercise: zip file
    2. Gentzkow, Matthew and Shapiro, Jesse M., “Code and Data for the Social Sciences: A Practitioner’s Guide“, 2014
  14. Week 14 (5/31): New Economic Geography Models and an Application to China (lecture notes)
    1. Faber, Ben. “Trade Integration, Market Size, and Industrialization: Evidence from China’s National Trunk Highway System,” Review of Economic Studies, 2014.
    2. Appendix to Faber 2014
  15. Week 15 (6/7): Bartik Shocks (lecture notes, simple exercise and Stata code)
    1. Goldsmith-Pinkham, Paul, and Sorkin, Isaac, and Swift, Henry, “Bartik Instruments: What, When, Why, and How,” American Economic Review, 2020.
  16. Week 16 (6/21): Student presentations; Intro to Housing Economics (lecture notes)