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Your Place in Space: Classroom Experiment on Spatial Location Theory

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  • Margo Bergman
  • G. Dirk Mateer
  • Michael Reksulak
  • Jonathan C. Rork
  • Rick K. Wilson
  • David Zirkle
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    The authors detail an urban economics experiment that is easily run in the classroom. The experiment has a flexible design that allows the instructor to explore how congestion, zoning, public transportation, and taxation levels determine the bid--rent function. Heterogeneous agents in the experiment compete for land use using a simple auction mechanism. Using the data that is collected, a bid--rent function is derived, and the experimental treatment is altered over the course of three sessions to uncover core concepts in urban economics. Moreover, this provides a tangible experience that can be used to help undergraduates relate to urban issues such as the steep rent gradient found around many larger colleges and universities.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal The Journal of Economic Education.

    Volume (Year): 40 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 4 (October)
    Pages: 405-421

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:jeduce:v:40:y:2009:i:4:p:405-421

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