Fall 2022

Urban Economics

Listed in: Economics, as ECON-414

Moodle site: Course


Jun Ishii (Section 01)


Much of urban economics focuses on the origin and development of cities. But, more generally, urban economics is the study of the role of location/space in the decision-making of households and firms. Among the topics that may be addressed in the course are (1) modern trends in urban development, such as suburbanization and gentrification; (2) agglomeration of economic activities, such as advertising in Manhattan and hi-tech in Silicon Valley; (3) provision of local public goods, such as K-12 education and mass transit; and (4) housing policy and land use regulation, such as low income housing and zoning. The course combines relevant economic theories and models with discussion of current policy issues.

Requisite: ECON 300 or 301. Limited to 15 students. Fall semester. Professor Ishii. 

How to handle overenrollment: Preference will be given to junior and senior economics majors.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Reading and engaging with academic research, writing analytical and theoretical economic papers, group work, quantitative and analytical reasoning, oral presentations.


2022-23: Offered in Fall 2022
Other years: Offered in Fall 2022