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City and Regional Planning 763
Consequence Analysis

Semester Update

As of Fall 2012, the semester version of this course is being offered for the last time under a new number, CRP 6600 . In its wisdom, the City Planning faculty has decided to “re-imagine” its curriculum, and one result is that the content of two quantitative courses (Spatial Models and Consequence Analysis) will now be mushed into one. It remains to be seen whether this strategy, designed to provide students with enhanced opportunities to experience things like graphic design and poster preparation, will in the end prove educationally worthwhile. Meanwhile, most of the links below will automatically redirect you to the final (CRP 6600) versions of the material. Any materials associated with the old CRP 763 should probably be considered obsolete.


  • Syllabus, Autumn 2011: HTML or PDF versions.
  • Midterm Examination: Wednesday, October 26 in class. Bring a calculator.
  • Final Examination: Thursday December 8, 11:30–1:20, in 315 Schoenbaum Hall. Bring a calculator.
  • Link to restricted site (see below)
  • Answers to 2011 Final Exam (PDF)


  • Directions to classroom (315 Schoenbaum Hall):
    • Cross Woodruff Avenue, walk east (up, towards High St)
    • Pass the Fisher College courtyard entryway
    • The next building door on the left is the entrance to Schoenbaum Hall
    • Elevators are inside on the right; stairs are opposite (facing) the elevators.
    • Go to the 3rd floor: there’s a sign directing you towards 315.
  • We will not meet on Wednesday, November 23 (the day before Thanksgiving). This may help you make your travel plans.

The Restricted Website

Some materials have been placed on a restricted website, accessible only to KSA students. To access these materials, you will need to log in using your KSA login name and password. If you do not have access (for example, if you are not a KSA student), please see me. We will provide you with temporary access, valid for this quarter only.

If you try to log in to the site from outside the KSA it is possible that just entering your KSA user name in the User name field will not work. If this happens, try entering knowlton\your_user_name (ie the name you use when logging on to the lab computers). You may be also asked for a specific Domain in a separate input field: the answer here is knowlton.

See here for further discussion of the login procedure, and a picture.

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.

NEW! To help you keep track of what’s in the lecture notes, here is a table-of-contents (HTML format). The section titles correspond to the title pages of the notes, and the bullets to the unique slide titles. It will be updated periodically: if you find it’s out of sync with what’s been handed out, please remind me.

Class Handouts etc

  • Philadelphia CCCC maps (print after doing View -> Fit Width, and in the Acrobat print dialog, check Current View).
  • Table of anti-derivatives (PDF)
  • Exercises in Integration
  • Willig table
  • Corrected answers to midterm exam (PDF ). (The correction is to the answer to question 3, and has the project lasting from years 40 to 49, not 40–50).
  • Another Example of the Travel Cost Model (PDF)
  • Value of Life handout (PDF) .
  • Property Values Models (PDF)
  • DRTS+Market Power numerical analysis ( PDF )

Past Examinations

  • 2010 mid-term exam with answers: PDF
  • 2010 final exam with answers:  PDF
  • 2009 mid-term exam with answers: PDF
  • 2009 final examination with answers: PDF

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–Cincinanti 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).

Note on the Problem Sets

The problem sets ( PDF version here) 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 in 763 for the details of running regressions — though you should certainly understand how to do this from 771 — and obviously you will not be asked to compute regression answers 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).  

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.