Markets, Design, and the City

The Complete Reading List


Alain’s class, Market’s Design and the City, is now half over. As we prep for the 7th class, here’s a complete reading list for the course.


Class 1: Understanding and Managing Cities: 1- Economists Vs. Urban Planners

  1. Le Corbusier, City of tomorrow and its planning, 1929 (dover edition 1987) Part III: A concrete case, The Centre of Paris
  2. The Athens Charter,
  3. Friedrich A. Hayek, The Constitution of Liberty, Chapter 22 Housing and Town Planning
  4. Edward Glaeser, Economic Growth and Urban Density: A Review Essay, Working papers in Economics E-94-7 , Hoover Institution, 1994

Class 2: Understanding and Managing Cities: 2 - Generating And Managing Spatial Data

  1. GIS principles:
  2. Use of GIS to develop an urban data base and an urban strategy in Kabul. 

Class 3: Cities as Labor Markets

  1. Jan K. Brueckner, 2011, Lectures on Urban Economics, Chapter 1, “Why cities Exist”
  2. Alain Bertaud ; Cities as Labor Markets,
  3. Rémy Prud’homme & Chang-Woon Lee --  Size, Sprawl, Speed And The Efficiency Of Cities, 1998, OEIL Observatoire de l'Économie et des Institutions Locales IUP — Université de Paris XII,$27homme+$26+Lee+1999.pdf

Class 4: The Formation of Urban Spatial Structures: 1 – Markets vs. Design

1.     Alain Bertaud,

2.     Alain Bertaud and Stephen Malpezzi , -- Measuring the Costs and Benefits of Urban Land Use Regulation: A Simple Model with an Application to Malaysia, Journal of Housing Economics 10, 393–418 (2001)


Class 5: The Formation of Urban Spatial Structures: 2 – A Simple Model Linking Markets and Design Indicators

1.     Jan K. Brueckner, The Economics of urban sprawl: Theory and Evidence on the Spatial Sizes of Cities, The review of Economics and Statistics, Volume 65, Issue 3 (Aug, 1983) 479-482

2.     Daniel T. McGrath, More evidence on the spatial scale of cities, Journal of Urban Economics 58 (2005) 1–10

Class 6: The Spatial Distribution of Land Prices and Densities: Part 1 – The Models Developed By Economists

1.     Alain Bertaud, The spatial distribution of land prices and densities

2.     Allan W. Evans, 2004, Economics and Land Use Planning, Chapter 7, Planning and the land market.

Class 7: The Spatial Distribution of Land Prices and Densities: Part 2 – A Concrete Application of the Standard Urban Model: Hanoi’s Master Plan

  2. Hanoi Master Plan:
  3. Mumbai master plan 2010 :   download plan itself from

Class 8: Mobility: The Design Of Urban Roads And Transport Systems

  2. Don Pickrell, Transportation and land use Chapter 12, in Essays in Transportation Economics and Policy, edited by Jose Gomez-Ibanez, William Tye and Clifford Winston
  3. Alain Bertaud, Mobility: Transport is a Real Estate Issue— The Design of Urban Roads and Transport Systems – Marron Institute working paper to be published soon.

Class 9: Affordability: Households’ Income, Regulations, And Land Supply

  1. Jan K. Brueckner, 2011, Lectures on Urban Economics, Chapter 7 Housing Policy
  2. Stephen Malpezzi and Stephen Mayo, -- Housing and urban Development Indicators: A Good idea Whose Time has Returned, 1997, Real Estate Economics
  3. Solly Angel, Housing Policy Matters, Chapter III section 17 , page 232-249, House Price, Rent, and Affordability, 2000, Oxford University Press

Class 10: Should Planners Try To Change The Shape Of Cities?: 1 - Design Through Regulations

  2. Dona J. Stewart, Cities in the Desert: The Egyptian New-Town Program , Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 86(3), 1996, pp. 459-480 (compare this 1996 proposal to Google Earth Imagery of the same area in 2015)

Class 11: Should Planners Try To Change The Shape Of Cities?: 2 – Designed Cities: Brasilia, Chandigarh And Utopian Cities

1.     Alain Bertaud, The cost of Utopia

2.     Alain Bertaud, Brasilia Spatial Structure:

3.     Yan Song and Gerrit-Jan Knaap, New urbanism and housing values: a disaggregate assessment, Journal of Urban Economics 54 (2003) 218–238

Class 12: The Role Of Urban Planners Is Important But They Are Not Playing It Yet

1.     Mark Delucchi and Ken Kurani, How to Have Sustainable Transportation without Making People Drive Less or Give Up Suburban Living, Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis,  UCD-ITS-RR-02-08, October 2010

2.     Peter Gordon, Sustainability Planning: First, Do No Harm, University of Southern California, Property Management, Vol. 24 No. 2, 2006, pp. 132-143, Emerald Group Publishing Limited 0263-7472

3.     Peter Gordon, Thinking About Economic Growth: Cities, Networks, Creativity And Supply Chains For Ideas -- Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California, Los Angeles,

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