CP113A_Syllabus_Fall_2006 - University of California,...

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University of California, Berkeley Mark R. Wolfe, J.D., M.C.P. Department of City & Regional Planning Office hours: Tues. 9:00 am, 102 Wurster Fall, 2006 mrw@mrwolfeassociates.com CP 113A: Course Syllabus Cities are the physical and spatial manifestations of human social, psychological, spiritual, artistic, cultural, and economic needs, activities, and functions. Though there can never be a single “unified theory” of the city, the field of economics provides insights into the forces that impel, as well as impede, contemporary urban form, demographics, and industrial composition. In this class, we will survey the basics of microeconomic theory and analysis, and then apply them to present-day problems in the areas of urban and regional land use, transportation, housing, design, and economic development planning. Students should at a minimum come to understand: (1) how a city’s form, function, and history are shaped by the economic decisions of its citizens, businesses and government; (2) how the basic tools of microeconomic analysis can be applied to planning problems and decisions; and (3) how to analyze critically the strengths and weaknesses of various economic approaches to urban policy-making. While the course’s primary focus will be theoretical, students will have the opportunity to apply the tools of microeconomic theory to particular urban issues through selected scenarios and case-studies. Some practical aspects of public finance, law, and city administration will also be discussed. Course Requirements Lectures will be held twice weekly. There may be a discussion section once each week to review lectures and problem sets, depending on enrollment. Students must: Attend lectures and discussion sections regularly Complete all assigned readings and be prepared to participate in class Complete four problem sets Complete a midterm exam Complete a final exam Grading: Problem Sets 30% Midterm Exam 30% Final Exam 40% Texts: Arthur O’Sullivan, Urban Economics , 6 th Edition (2006) Marshall, How Cities Work Robert Wassmer, ed., Readings in Urban Economics Course readings (distributed online). Week 1. Introduction to Urban Economics
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2 The study of urban economics and its role in planning. Introduction to the theory of markets and the basic tools of microeconomic analysis. Statistical definitions of urban places. Current trends in urban physical morphology. Reading: · O’Sullivan Ch. 1 and Appendix (“Tools of Microeconomics”) · Marshall, Introduction, Ch. 1, 2 Week 2. Why Do Cities Exist? The role of production and trade in the formation of the city.
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