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The Causes of Metropolitan Suburbanization

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  • Peter Mieszkowski
  • Edwin S. Mills
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    In this paper, we investigate the causes of metropolitan suburbanization. We consider two classes of theories of suburbanization, both of which are important: the first, favored by urban theorists and transportation experts, might be called a natural evolution theory; the second stresses the fiscal and social problems of central cities. We sketch the monocentric model of urban areas, discuss the gradient measure of suburbanization, and offer some cross-country comparisons of suburbanization. Finally we present conclusions and policy implications.

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    Article provided by American Economic Association in its journal Journal of Economic Perspectives.

    Volume (Year): 7 (1993)
    Issue (Month): 3 (Summer)
    Pages: 135-147

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    Handle: RePEc:aea:jecper:v:7:y:1993:i:3:p:135-47

    Note: DOI: 10.1257/jep.7.3.135
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