Le Grand Syllabus 2017/2018
In-class participation (5%). Workload : Regular and deep re-reading of the lecture notes and slides (see below) between lectures. Possible reading of complementary references provided during the class. Pedagogical Method : Lectures with projected slides and complementary ﬁgures drawn on the white board. Questions from students are more than welcome. Slides are printed and distributed to the students before the lectures. Course Description : The ﬁrst part of the course is devoted to economic intuition about the determinants of countries' urban structure. This will typically answer the following questions : Why do cities exist and induce an uneven spatial distribution of land and good prices ? Why cities of different size co-exist within integrated economic areas ? What is the impact of people and goods mobility on spatial concentration ? What is the role of local public policies and of land use regulation on spatial disparities ? The second part of the course moves to the empirical studies that evaluate the gains and costs from agglomeration. A special emphasis is put on the impact on spatial disparities of individual location choices by workers and ﬁrms that are heterogeneous (in terms of productivity for instance). Speciﬁcally, the spatial determinants of local productivity, R&D, land prices, and real income are presented. Required reading : Brueckner, Jan K. (2011). Lectures on Urban Economics (ch. 1 to 3) MIT Press ; O'Sullivan, Arthur (2012). Urban Economics 8th ed. (ch. 1 to 9) McGraw-Hill ; McMillen, Daniel P. and McDonald, John F. (2011). Urban Economics and Real Estate : Theory and Policy, 2nd ed. (ch. 1 and 2), Wiley ; Prager, Jean-Claude and Jacques-François Thisse (2012). Economic Geography and the Unequal Development of Regions, Routledge ; Glaeser, E. (2011). Triumph of the City, Penguin Books.
Teachers : Wei Shiuen NG (Analyst / Modeller, OECD). Pedagogical Format : Seminar Course validation : Policy Brief (4 weeks, 30%), Group Presentation (5 weeks, 20%), Final Paper (8 weeks, 40%). Participation (10%). Course Description : This course serves as an introductory course to urban infrastructure development and policy, where students will be introduced to key components of urban infrastructure, cutting across transport, energy, water, and buildings. This course also covers important aspects of infrastructure governance, planning, regulation, ﬁnancing, and linkages to economic development and the environment. It will also examine how best to create future cities that are inclusive and resilient. The course aims to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of infrastructure development and policy making, drawing upon empirical examples from developed and developing cities with a wide range of challenges and tools in an increasingly urban world. Since this is a seminar course, it will be discussion-based and students are encouraged to form arguments and support them with facts using advanced materials that will be discussed in depth. A set of three assignments, namely a policy brief, group presentation and ﬁnal paper, will allow students to develop expertise in their selected topics. By the end of this course students will be able to : Recognise the fundamental role infrastructure plays in a city and the associated challenges and constraints ; Develop the framework for urban infrastructure policy ; Critique and analyse current infrastructure development in developed and developing cities ; Integrate their knowledge to identify linkages between different infrastructure systems. This course will provide a theoretical framework in urban infrastructure development but will include empirical examples in cities around the world as case studies. This course will also introduce the challenges of policy making and implementation within the context of urban infrastructure development. Required reading : to be deﬁned.
URBAN INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT AND POLICY
Semester : Spring Number of hours : 24 Language of tuition : English