Urban Economic Development
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy
Department: Milano General Curriculum
Course Number: NURP 6023
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Urban Studies
Cities are complex hubs of economic and social activity, conducive to efficient means of production. They also present challenging circumstances of inequity, segregation and political controversy. In this class we begin with a formal introduction to the economics and fiscal operations of cities and the theoretical foundations for urban development. We explore approaches to urban economic development, such as people- versus place-based strategies, and grapple with their implications for economic wellbeing and equity. The lens for the class is multi-disciplinary, drawing on insights from local public finance, land use, housing, workforce and small-business development, urban politics and urban planning. The class provides students with a survey of the classic and contemporary literature and casework on local economic development policies, as well as technical knowledge to design and administer actual projects and programs. Content will be drawn from actual cases of urban economic development scenarios (both domestically and globally), presentations from practitioners, and local field trips.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions