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Urban Planning 539:
Methods of Economic Development Planning

College of Architecture and Urban Planning
University Of Michigan, Fall 2015
Prof. Scott Campbell (home page)

Students are expected to complete all the required readings before the scheduled class time, actively participate in class discussions and presentations, and prepare several written assignments over the semester. Evaluation of your work will be based on substantive content, analytical rigor, and writing quality. Be sure to follow appropriate citation guidelines in all your work. Late assignments will result in point reductions.

The five assignments are interconnected, each examining a different aspect (geographic, sectoral, occupational, policy) of two local or regional economies. Use Assignment 1 to select and briefly profile two cases. Use Assignments 2-4 to build different elements of your economic profile. Finally, synthesize these various elements together in an integrated oral presentation and written report (Assignment 5).

Groups (see list below)
Please work in the same groups of two or three students throughout the semester. Working solo is also an option. (I know some students prefer this option, though my experience is that students learn a lot from discussing their case studies with other group members. On the other hand, groups of 4+ students become unwieldy.) Expectations about the amount of work for each assignment are correlated to the group size (e.g., the larger the group, the more effort expected). Use the week of Sep 14-16 to form groups. You may use the class listserv to post your proposed cases and solicit group members.


Assignment (+link to assignment page)

Task Concepts/techniques assignment posted (or earlier) date due (subject to change) Unit(s) of analysis suggested page length percent of grade
1. Place Analysis select 2 cases for your comparative case study initial survey of data and other documentation availability Sep 9 Oct 5 place (neighborhood, city or region) 2-4 pages including a few simple reference maps 10
2. Industry Analysis understand the structure and distribution of local economic sectors location quotients, shift-share, etc. Oct 9 Nov 2 sector several data tables, sources, several paragraphs 15
3. Labor Analysis understand the local economy through its labor structure occupations, unemployment, labor force, human capital, skills, migration, mobility Oct 21 Nov 16 occupation several data tables, sources, several paragraphs 15
4. Economic Development Policy understand the range, intent and consequences of local economic development policies classification, critique, evaluation of economic development policies Nov 9 Dec 2 multiple 4 - 5 pages 15
5. Final Project provide an integrated analysis of the two places [multiple] Sep 28 Presentation Dec 9-14; paper version Dec 21 (end of the day) [multiple] estimate: 12-24 pages of text plus reference and thematic maps, graphs, tables 45


Groups (names to be added later in September) -- suggested size: 2-3 students.

Group No. students places
1 Michael Davis, Tung Yu Yeh, Mikah Zaslow Baltimore, Pittsburgh
2 Wajiha Ibrahim, Baihe Yang Shanghai, Dubai
3 Gabi Santoro, Corey Ackerman Cleveland, Detroit
4 Alexander Hermann, Marc Nemeth Madison, WI and Durham, NC
5 Matan Singer San Diego and Portland
6 Lily Hamburger, William Barrett Miami and rural south Florida
7 Pierre Batton Detroit Metro and Minneapolis-St. Paul

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