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“What can you say about a book that covers everything from gravity models to earthquake risk analysis, includes curve extrapolation and economic base analysis, and ends with The Game of Life Itself?. . . I expect that this book will appeal to a wide audience. As the title indicates, the book presents spreadsheet models that are often used in urban and regional analysis. It contains nineteen models along with complete instructions for their use . . . The authors presume that he or she is at least somewhat familiar with basic spreadsheet procedures (although not necessarily with macros). Most importantly, they assume that the user already knows about the basic analytical techniques themselves. This book is not meant to teach you all you need to know about, for example, input-output or shift-share analysis. This is not a failing of the book; rather, it represents a focus that allows the book to spend its pages on extra models rather than repeating information available elsewhere. Moreover, the authors are consistent in suggesting other sources that present the basics . . . I found the book to be very useful. It demonstrates how powerful spreadsheet macros are . . . [I]t encouraged me to learn about techniques that are new to me by making them seem less intimidating.”
—James A. Kurre, Journal of Regional Science
“This book can provide an important practical aid to anyone who might need to work in any of the topic areas covered. It can also serve as a relatively easy introduction to the power of spreadsheet modeling.”
—George I. Treyz, Growth and Change
"Harnesses the open programming environment of the electronic spreadsheet to provide sophisticated modeling capabilities."
—Journal of Planning Education and Research
"The Center for Urban Policy Research at Rutgers University dominates American publishing in the field of urban housing. . . . Its unique role places it on the frontier of thinking in urban policy."
—Ecology Law Quarterly