This course aims to provide the student an overview and some basic concepts on the urban and regional economy and its basic analytic tools. To achieve this objective, the student must acquire certain knowledge, skills and attitudes.
The course runs through a set of formal lectures and practical classes.
We will study the economics of cities and urban problems by understanding the effects of geographic location on the decisions of individuals and firms. First we will try to answer general and interesting questions such as, Why do cities exist? How do firms decide where to locate? Why do people live in cities? What determines the growth and size of a city? Which policies can modify the shape of a city? Having discussed why we live in cities, we will analyze the economic problems that arise because we are living in cities. We will focus on many specific urban economic problems such as firm location, transportation, housing, education and local government economics.