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City and Regional Planning 6600
Spatial Models and Project Evaluation


Semester Conversion

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 relevant.

Basics

  • 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 calculator.
  • 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

Announcements

  • Examinations: no internet-enabled devices are permitted in the examinations. You must use a stand-alone pocket calculator.

Old Examinations

There are three sets of exams relevant to the course (all PDF files):

Problem Sets

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 below.

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 estimates).

  • 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.

Other Materials

  • 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

Lecture Notes

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 1-slide-to-a-page.

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.

Review Notes

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 http://www.ohiohub.org
    • 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 recovers).

Supplementary Readings

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 course.