Urban Economic Challenges and Policies


Course Objective

The aim of this course is to introduce the students to applications of
urban economics to policy-relevant issues. After taking this course,
students should be able to judge the strengths and weaknesses of using
various economic tools and methods in concrete policy situations. They
should be able to propose a strategy for analyzing urban policy
questions and providing advice using state-of-the-art scientific

Course Content

In the course a number of policy-relevant urban economics issues are
using state-of-the art methods of urban economic analysis. Subjects
discussed include the current practice of the hedonic price method for
the valuation of
non-market goods, the application of residential sorting models to urban
policy questions, the study of social interactions (segregation,
gentrification) in an urban context, clustering of firms within cities
and the spatial structure of contemporary cities. The complete list is
partly determined in a brainstorm session in which students are asked to
suggest relevant topics. Attention is paid to
welfare economic issues (needed for policy evaluation), and econometric
methods (needed for appropriate analysis of causal relationships).
Guest lectures provide a bridge between academic and policy-induced
research. Students do hedonic analysis and work with sorting models in
tutorials. Towards the end of the course students write a short essay in
which they propose appropriate policy measures to deal wit a relevant
urban economic issue.

Teaching Methods

Lectures, guest lectures and tutorials

Method of Assessment

Written exam (70%) and 3 assignments (3×10%)


Scientific papers and lecture notes

Recommended background knowledge

Urban and Regional Economics.

General Information

Course Code E_STR_UECP
Credits 6 EC
Period P4
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty School of Business and Economics
Course Coordinator prof. dr. J. Rouwendal
Examiner prof. dr. J. Rouwendal
Teaching Staff

Practical Information

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Teaching Methods Lecture
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