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Urban and Regional Economic Development


Units: 12


The course will introduce students to the theory and practice of economic development in the United States. An introduction to basic analytic techniques used by both researchers and economic development practitioners will be coupled with a broad overview of the research literature in the fields of urban and regional economics. Emphasis will be placed on the public sector's role in promoting economic development and public policy at the federal, state and local levels that are focused on improving economic conditions for people, places and regions. Optional readings will focus on Pittsburgh's economic development and regional economic change since WWII.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  • Explain economic theories explaining the location of economic activities and the growth or decline of regional economies at the state, metropolitan and local level.
  • Critique the theories and methods of regional economic development in their application to a region.
  • Examine a regional and local economy using critical analytical methods like shift share, location quotients, and comparative analysis.
  • Recommend a regional development strategy based on your theoretical critique and economic analysis.