Table 2 presents the basic skills deemed necessary for students to be able to utilize the types of urban models covered in this course. Due to the time constraints of the course, many of the skills were set as pre-requisites. The major points covered in the lecture portion of the course included: urban economics, land use planning and zoning, modeling structures (for each model), and model evaluation. Each of these will be explained in greater detail below. The lab portion of the course was dedicated to learning and running the models and using them to evaluate land use and transport policies.
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Basic Urban Economics
Before the models could be presented, background needed to be provided on Urban Economics theory and the early models of the ‘50s and ‘60s that dealt with spatial competition. Three Urban Economics texts were considered for this portion of the course: consisted of a lecture, Overview of Urban Models, by Johnston and one on Central Place Theory and Economic Base Theory, by Clay. The students read the relevant chapters in O’Sullivan covering the work of von Thunen, Alonso, Wingo, and Lowry.
In , student teams led discussions on Housing Markets, Transportation Economics, and Rents. The intent was to get them to do the readings and learn the concepts by teaching them. The presentations were primarily descriptive, without much analysis or discussion from the class. Clay gave a lecture on Random Utility Choice Models, as an introduction to spatial economics models. There were no assignments on the urban economics materials and the class only spent two weeks on them. We were unable to find software with graphs with which to run small problems based on the above