Fall 2022

Urban Economics

Listed in: Economics, as ECON-414


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.

ECON 414 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM SMUD 204
Th 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM SMUD 204

This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Urban Economics, 8th edition McGraw Hill Education, 2011 Arthur O'Sullivan Available at Amazon.com ($217.90 [new], $139.95 [used], $57.93 [rent] TBD


Other years: Offered in Fall 2022, Spring 2024