ECON-330   Urban Growth and Development

This course initially introduces students to regional economic and location theory and then explores regional issues of metropolitan development as they relate to national economic growth. Basic concepts of the study that will be examined include location determinants, land use, inter-regional economic flows of people and resources, exports, infrastructure, and transport systems. Tools of national and regional forecasting and the concept of social accounting systems will be taught to help analyze and develop appropriate policy by business firms and governments at different levels. The course will illustrate applications of theory and policy by considering, typically, the West Michigan economy. Questions concerning economic health of downtown districts, transportation problems, urban sprawl, the role of lending agencies and realtors, and local governmental cooperation with business will be considered in the course. Prerequisites: Economics 221 and 222.