City and Regional Planning 6600
Spatial Models and Project Evaluation
Starting in the academic year 2013–2014 CRP 6600 consists of material on
spatial models from the old CRP 781, plus materials on cost-benefit analysis
(project evaluation) from earlier versions of CRP 6600, which was itself based
on the old quarter-level course CRP 763. This means that starting in
2013–2014 the old 763 exams and problem sets, the old 781 exams and
problem sets, and the exams and problem sets from previous 6000’s are all
- Meeting: Wednesday, Friday 11:10–12:35 in 175 Knowlton Hall
- 2014 Syllabus: HTML or PDF versions.
- 2014 Midterm Examination: Friday October 17 in class. Bring a
- 2014 Final Examination: Thursday, December 11, 12:00–. 1:45pm.
Bring a calculator.
- Link to second website
- 2014 midterm exam: midterm and midterm with answers
- 2014 final exam: final and final with answers
- Examinations: no internet-enabled devices are permitted in the
examinations. You must use a stand-alone pocket calculator.
There are three sets of exams relevant to the course (all PDF files):
- Old Exams from 6600 with both spatial models and project evaluation
- Autumn Semester 2014
- Autumn Semester 2013
- Previous exams from CRP 781, covering spatial microeconomic models.
Note that these exams cover much more than simply the spatial
models. In the current 6600, you will not be examined directly on the
non-spatial material, but you are expected to be comfortable with
- Previous exams from CRP 6000 / CRP 763, covering the project evaluation
part of the course:
There are two sets of solved problems that are relevant to the course: those from
the old CRP 763 and those from the old CRP 781. Both are available
Note that the problem sets contain several problems which required that you
“run the regression” and then use the results to do things like compute
benefits according to one method or another. This was from a version of the
class where students were required to get their hands dirty with data.
Obviously, we’re not doing this now. The upshot is that you are not
responsible for the details of running regressions — though you should
certainly understand how to do this from your statistics course — and
obviously you will not be asked to compute regression coefficients in an
examination. You should understand, however, how to interpret a set
of regression results: that is, assuming that someone else has done the
dirty work, you should be able to work with those answers (regression
- Problems in microeconomics (PDF) from the old CRP 781, including
spatial models. You are responsible for the material on spatial models
(which is not separated out from the general problems); you should
regard the other problems as a way of confirming your understanding
of basic microeconomics, which is being assumed as a prerequisite.
- Problems in project evaluation and cost benefit analysis (PDF)
from the old CRP 763. These are all relevant to CRP 6600.
- Index to Call and Holahan, Microeconomics. Use this if you need
to review basic economic concepts using the Call+Holahan book.
- OMB Circular A-4 (September 17, 2003) pdf
These are all PDF files, available in two formats: the handout format is
4-slides-to-a-page (the format distributed in class); the projection format is
Here is a table-of-contents for class materials (HTML document): it may help
you to get an overview of what’s going on. It will be updated as the handouts
change. It includes all material actually handed out, as well as some materials
available only on the website.
These notes are not being distributed in class.
Other Class Handouts
Philadelphia CCCC Report
Here are sections of the analysis of the Philadelphia Center City Commuter
Connection project, in PDF format. Once you start the Acrobat Reader, you’ll
want to rotate counter-clockwise to see it correctly.
Some Other Central Ohio Projects
- Ohio Hub Project (abandoned by Gov. Kasich). Here are some
documents for a high-speed rail line to connect Ohio cities and
other parts of the Lake Erie region. More material is available at
- Project Final Draft Report ( PDF , 311 pages); same document
2-up ( PDF )
- Appendices to the Final Draft Report ( PDF )
- Cleveland–Columbus–Cincinnati study ( PDF , 56 pages) ; 2-up
( PDF )
- Ohio Economic Analysis ( PDF , 199 pages); 2-up (PDF )
- Columbus Streetcars (apparently on the back burner until the economy
In June 2000 there was a special issue of the Journal of Legal Studies devoted to
philosophical and legal aspects of cost-benefit analysis. Here are links to
those papers: all are on the restricted site. Note that the material in
these papers is entirely optional; and we will not be covering it in the