11.482J / 1.825J / ESD.193J Regional Socioeconomic Impact Analyses and Modeling

Fall 2008

Aerial view of downtown Boston and the harbor.
Aerial view of the Boston harbor and city skyline. (Image courtesy of the ATIS547 on flickr.)

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.
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Prof. Karen Polenske

Course Meeting Times

1 session / week
2-3 hours / session