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

Spring 2006

Minting Chinese coins.
The U.S. Mint in San Francisco minting Chinese coins, circa 1940. (Image courtesy of the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.)

Course Highlights

This course features a detailed set of assignments and a comprehensive set of readings on all the topics covered in the class.

Course Description

In this course students examine and critique accounting frameworks, including accounting for the underground economy, multipliers, linkages, and supply chains used to assess employment and environmental impacts and infrastructure investments. They also 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.

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .xls.

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Prof. Karen R. Polenske
Ciro Biderman

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session