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11.203 Microeconomics for Planners, Fall 2004

Interactive tool.

A screenshot from one of the web-based, interactive economics tools. (Developed for this class by Myoung-Gu Kang and presented in the tools section.)

Highlights of this Course

Microeconomics/Planning Economics is taught as two modular courses to Master of City Planning students. The logistics of the modules are explained in the syllabus.

A feature of the course is a set of Web based tools designed to help a student visualize and experiment with various microeconomic concepts. The screenshot above is from the example in our tools section, which also contains a link to more examples. Additionally, a complete set of problem sets is available in the assignments section.

Course Description

Microeconomics for Planners, 11.203, will ground you in basic microeconomics - how markets function, how to think about allocating scarce resources, what profit maximizing behavior means in different kinds of markets, how technology and trade reshapes all of this, etc. Along the way, it will also give you a sense of several of the major economic issues in the presidential campaign. We will consider activities that markets don’t directly capture - the value of an historic preservation district or the costs imposed by pollution - in November and December during Gateway: Planning Economics, 11.202.

Technical Requirements

Flash™ Player software is required to run the Flash™ media found on this course site.



Prof. Frank Levy

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
2 hours / session




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