Topics in Economic Geography and International TradeEcon 280D. Spring 2019.Course OrganizationCecile GaubertEmail: [email protected]Office: Evans 687Classes: Thursdays, 4 - 6, Evans 639.Office hours: by appointment.Course Website: bCourses.Course DescriptionThis is a second year graduate course.The first part of the course covers recent research on the spatialorganization of economic activity, with an emphasis on quantitative spatial models. The second part focuseson firms and their geographic location, and develops useful tools for the analysis of heterogenous firms. Thesyllabus is likely to evolve a bit as we progress in the semester.GradingYour grade will be based on:(a) A referee report ( 2 pages max.) due March 14th on one of these recent JMP:–Clare Balboni.“In Harm’s Way? Infrastructure Investments and the Persistence of Coastal Cities”,–Fabian Eckert. “ Growing Apart: Tradable Services and the Fragmentation of the U.S. Economy”The report should start off with a short summary of the main argument of the article.You shouldthen describe your main 3-4 points in detail as if you were writing directly to the author. You can thenmention more minor comments. A good referee report not only clearly states the shortcomings of thework, but also lays out clear, constructive and realistic suggestions for improvement.(b) Three problem sets, due Feb 14; March 7; Apr 4.(c) An in-class presentation in April. You can choose to present a paper, or your own research idea. Thepaper can either be from the syllabus (”More Topics”) or you can suggest a paper. You are expected to bein position to answer detailed questions on the paper’s model and empirical approach. Alternatively,you can choose to present a research proposal.The research proposal should have a clear researchquestion and state how it contributes to the literature. It is expected that the proposal covers (i) asketch of the theoretical framework you will rely on (ii) a summary of the data you intend to use (iii)an outline of the empirical strategy. You need to discuss your choice with me, before February 21.Please do the required reading (**) ahead of time and come to class prepared to discuss the related topics.1
Lectures (1- 2 weeks)A. Spatial Equilibrium SystemsLecture 1:Agglomeration: Review of Empirical Evidence•Ciccone, A. & Hall, R. (1996). Productivity and the density of economic activity.American EconomicReview•Greenstone, M., Hornbeck, R., & Moretti, E. (2010).Identifying agglomeration spillovers: Evidencefrom winners and losers of large plant openings.Journal of Political Economy•De la Roca, J. & Puga, D. (2016). Learning by working in big cities.Review of Economic Studies•Duranton, G. & Puga, D. (2004). Micro-foundations of urban agglomeration economies.