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

Fall 2004

An aerial view of Boston Harbor.
Boston Harbor, once one of the most polluted waterways in the nation, is in the final stages of a major cleanup. (Image courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey.)

Course Highlights

This course features an extensive reading list on the topic of regional economics, and a group of final projects set in the real-world conditions of Boston and its surroundings.

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
Rajendra Kumar

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
2-3 hours / session