Rob Collinson is a Adjunct Lecturer, third year doctoral student at NYU Wagner and a doctoral fellow at the Furman Center. His research interests span public and labor economics. He has written about low-income housing programs and the economic incidence of housing vouchers. Rob has a Master’s degree from the University of Chicago, and a bachelor’s degree from the College of Wooster in Ohio.
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 suburban sprawl. Finally, in the last part of the class, we will briefly study the spatial aspects of local government.