Urban Economics

ECON 554

Intro to urban econ focusing on location of economic activity in geographic space and implications for society. Course uses theoretical modeling, empirical analysis, and historical accounts to explore questions: Why cities exist, form where they do, grow/decline? How economic activity is organized. Spatial patterns of work, housing, transportation. Environmental consequences of urban density, suburban sprawl, polluting firms. Determinants of price of land, house values, rents. Household sorting across neighborhoods. Causes/consequences of racial segregation, neighborhood gentrification, spatial concentration of poverty/wealth. Same as Economics 345, but requires additional work.


Reserved Grad and Prof Only - No Undergraduates

Curriculum Codes
  • EI
  • R
  • W
  • SS
Typically Offered