David Quart
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Administration

David Quart currently teaches Urban Economics at Wagner, as well as a pre-semester Presentation Skills Workshop.  He is the Senior Vice President for Development at the NYC Economic Development Corporation, a quasi-public organization that works to encourage economic growth throughout New York City.  Previously, he was Chief of Staff to the Deputy Commissioner for Development at the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development where he helped manage a staff of over 200 employees to implement the City's Ten-Year Affordable Housing Plan.  He has also been affiliated with AKRF, a leading environmental consulting firm.  Mr. Quart received his Masters in Urban Planning from NYU Wagner, and his B.S. in Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

Semester Course
Spring 2013 URPL-GP.2608.001 Urban Economics

Required for M.U.P. students.

Note: CORE-GP.1011 (Statistical Methods for Public, Nonprofit, and Health Management) must be taken prior to OR concurrently with this course.

The field of urban economics addresses a wide variety of questions and topics. At the most general level, the field introduces space into economic models and studies the location of economic activity. Urban economics typically addresses four sets of questions, and this course is organized around these four areas. The first set of questions focuses on the development of urban areas. Why do cities exist and why do some grow more rapidly? How can local governments encourage such growth? The second set of questions addresses patterns of development within metropolitan areas. Why do certain parts of metropolitan areas grow more rapidly than others? How do firms and households decide where to locate within given metropolitan areas? What determines the price of land, and how do these prices vary across space? The third set of questions concerns the spatial dimensions of urban problems. In this class, we will focus on poverty, housing, and inner-city economic development. Finally, the course will study the spatial aspects of local government policy and explore the inter-relationships between city and suburban governments.


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Spring 2012 URPL-GP.2608.001 Urban Economics

Required for M.U.P. students.

Note: CORE-GP.1011 (Statistical Methods for Public, Nonprofit, and Health Management) must be taken prior to OR concurrently with this course.

The field of urban economics addresses a wide variety of questions and topics. At the most general level, the field introduces space into economic models and studies the location of economic activity. Urban economics typically addresses four sets of questions, and this course is organized around these four areas. The first set of questions focuses on the development of urban areas. Why do cities exist and why do some grow more rapidly? How can local governments encourage such growth? The second set of questions addresses patterns of development within metropolitan areas. Why do certain parts of metropolitan areas grow more rapidly than others? How do firms and households decide where to locate within given metropolitan areas? What determines the price of land, and how do these prices vary across space? The third set of questions concerns the spatial dimensions of urban problems. In this class, we will focus on poverty, housing, and inner-city economic development. Finally, the course will study the spatial aspects of local government policy and explore the inter-relationships between city and suburban governments.


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Fall 2010 URPL-GP.2608.001 Urban Economics

Required for M.U.P. students.

Note: CORE-GP.1011 (Statistical Methods for Public, Nonprofit, and Health Management) must be taken prior to OR concurrently with this course.

The field of urban economics addresses a wide variety of questions and topics. At the most general level, the field introduces space into economic models and studies the location of economic activity. Urban economics typically addresses four sets of questions, and this course is organized around these four areas. The first set of questions focuses on the development of urban areas. Why do cities exist and why do some grow more rapidly? How can local governments encourage such growth? The second set of questions addresses patterns of development within metropolitan areas. Why do certain parts of metropolitan areas grow more rapidly than others? How do firms and households decide where to locate within given metropolitan areas? What determines the price of land, and how do these prices vary across space? The third set of questions concerns the spatial dimensions of urban problems. In this class, we will focus on poverty, housing, and inner-city economic development. Finally, the course will study the spatial aspects of local government policy and explore the inter-relationships between city and suburban governments.


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Fall 2009 URPL-GP.2608.001 Urban Economics

Required for M.U.P. students.

Note: CORE-GP.1011 (Statistical Methods for Public, Nonprofit, and Health Management) must be taken prior to OR concurrently with this course.

The field of urban economics addresses a wide variety of questions and topics. At the most general level, the field introduces space into economic models and studies the location of economic activity. Urban economics typically addresses four sets of questions, and this course is organized around these four areas. The first set of questions focuses on the development of urban areas. Why do cities exist and why do some grow more rapidly? How can local governments encourage such growth? The second set of questions addresses patterns of development within metropolitan areas. Why do certain parts of metropolitan areas grow more rapidly than others? How do firms and households decide where to locate within given metropolitan areas? What determines the price of land, and how do these prices vary across space? The third set of questions concerns the spatial dimensions of urban problems. In this class, we will focus on poverty, housing, and inner-city economic development. Finally, the course will study the spatial aspects of local government policy and explore the inter-relationships between city and suburban governments.


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Fall 2009 URPL-GP.2608.001 Urban Economics

Required for M.U.P. students.

Note: CORE-GP.1011 (Statistical Methods for Public, Nonprofit, and Health Management) must be taken prior to OR concurrently with this course.

The field of urban economics addresses a wide variety of questions and topics. At the most general level, the field introduces space into economic models and studies the location of economic activity. Urban economics typically addresses four sets of questions, and this course is organized around these four areas. The first set of questions focuses on the development of urban areas. Why do cities exist and why do some grow more rapidly? How can local governments encourage such growth? The second set of questions addresses patterns of development within metropolitan areas. Why do certain parts of metropolitan areas grow more rapidly than others? How do firms and households decide where to locate within given metropolitan areas? What determines the price of land, and how do these prices vary across space? The third set of questions concerns the spatial dimensions of urban problems. In this class, we will focus on poverty, housing, and inner-city economic development. Finally, the course will study the spatial aspects of local government policy and explore the inter-relationships between city and suburban governments.


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Fall 2008 URPL-GP.2608.001 Urban Economics

Required for M.U.P. students.

Note: CORE-GP.1011 (Statistical Methods for Public, Nonprofit, and Health Management) must be taken prior to OR concurrently with this course.

The field of urban economics addresses a wide variety of questions and topics. At the most general level, the field introduces space into economic models and studies the location of economic activity. Urban economics typically addresses four sets of questions, and this course is organized around these four areas. The first set of questions focuses on the development of urban areas. Why do cities exist and why do some grow more rapidly? How can local governments encourage such growth? The second set of questions addresses patterns of development within metropolitan areas. Why do certain parts of metropolitan areas grow more rapidly than others? How do firms and households decide where to locate within given metropolitan areas? What determines the price of land, and how do these prices vary across space? The third set of questions concerns the spatial dimensions of urban problems. In this class, we will focus on poverty, housing, and inner-city economic development. Finally, the course will study the spatial aspects of local government policy and explore the inter-relationships between city and suburban governments.


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