GY447 Half Unit
The Economics of Regional and Urban Planning
This information is for the 2023/24 session.
Dr Felipe Carozzi CKK.4.27
This course is compulsory on the MSc in Regional And Urban Planning Studies and MSc in Urban Policy (LSE and Sciences Po). This course is available on the CEMS Exchange, MBA Exchange, MPhil/PhD in Economic Geography, MSc in Development Management, MSc in Development Management (LSE and Sciences Po), MSc in Development Studies, MSc in Human Geography and Urban Studies (Research), MSc in Local Economic Development and MSc in Urban Policy (LSE and Sciences Po). This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.
The number of students that can be accommodated is limited. If the course is over-subscribed, places will be allocated at the Department’s discretion and a waiting list may be created. For further details, please contact your relevant Programme Coordinator
Students should normally have completed an introductory course in economics or attend the pre-sessional GY447 sessions and classes to obtain a minimal familiarity with the content.
The course aims to provide an economic framework in which to analyse the structure of economic activity within the urban and regional context; the impact of this structure on urban form; the role of government at the local level and local economic policy applications. Topics include: The determinants of industrial, commercial and residential location. The interaction between activities within a spatial context. The economics of land markets and of the development process. The determinants of rents and densities. Economic models of urban structure. Sources of market failure in the urban economy. The rationale of government intervention. Techniques of intervention in the urban and environmental context. The role of the public sector: pricing, allocation, production and investment decisions. Urban and regional economic policy issues.
In the Department of Geography and Environment, teaching will be delivered through a combination of classes/seminars, pre-recorded lectures, live online lectures and other supplementary interactive live activities.
This course is delivered through a combination of seminars and lectures across Autumn Term only.
The course will also feature a pre-sessional element in week 0 of Autumn Term and a reading week in Week 6 of Autumn Term.
A 1 hour, in person formative exam will be carried out during Winter Term.
1) A O'Sullivan Urban Economics;
2) J Brueckner, Lectures in Urban Economics
3) J F McDonald and Daniel P. McMillen, Urban Economics and Real Estate;
4) J Stiglitz, Economics of the Public Sector;
5) Pindyck & Rubinfeld Microeconomics, Suslow & Hamilton Study Guide.
6) D DiPasquale & W C Wheaton, Urban Economics and Real Estate Markets;
More detailed readings will be provided during the course.
Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the spring exam period.
Student performance results
(2019/20 - 2021/22 combined)
|Classification||% of students|
Department: Geography and Environment
Total students 2022/23: 39
Average class size 2022/23: 20
Controlled access 2022/23: Yes
Lecture capture used 2022/23: Yes (MT)
Value: Half Unit
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