11.481J / 1.284J / ESD.284J Analyzing and Accounting for Regional Economic Change

Spring 2004

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

Course Highlights

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

Course Description

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 US and foreign applications and their relation will be featured in the class.
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Prof. Karen R. Polenske
Xiaodong Wang

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session