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11.482J / 1.285J / ESD.193J Regional Socioeconomic Impact Analysis and Modeling, Fall 2006

Aerial view of Boston and its surroundings.
Bird's-eye view of the center of the city, including famous colonial and independence locations extending from Boston Common to the North End. (Image courtesy of the Earth Observatory, NASA.)

Highlights of this Course

This course features an extensive reading list on the topic of regional economics.

Course Description

The seminar is designed to provide advanced graduate students with a thorough understanding of selected regional economic theories and techniques and with experience in using alternative socioeconomic impact assessment models and related regional techniques on microcomputers. Discussions will be held on particular theoretical modeling and economic issues; linkages among theories, accounts, and policies; relationships between national and regional economic structures; and methods of adjusting and estimating regional input-output accounts and tables. Examples from the Boston area and other U.S. cities/regions will be used to illustrate points throughout the seminar. We will also examine how such models are used in other countries. New material on analyzing regional development issues will be covered.


Prof. Karen Polenske
Ciro Biderman

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
2-3 hours / session



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