11.481J / 1.284J / ESD.192J Analyzing & Accounting for Regional Economic Change

Spring 2005

A lean, integrated supply chain.
Graph showing the different components of a supply chain. (Image courtesy of the National Institute of Standards and Technology.)

Course Highlights

This class features a comprehensive set of readings on all the topics covered in the class.

Course Description

This class surveys theories of regional growth, factor mobility, clustering, industrial restructuring, learning regions, and global supply chains from a political-economy perspective. It examines and critiques accounting frameworks including accounting for the underground economy, multipliers, linkages, and supply chains used to assess employment and environmental impacts and infrastructure investments. It will assess the value of price indices, industrial location and employment measures, and shift-share analyses. Discussions of U.S. and foreign applications and their relation will be featured in the class.
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Prof. Karen Polenske
Xiaodong Wang

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session