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Do liberal cities limit new housing development? Evidence from California

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  • Kahn, Matthew E.

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Traditional explanations for why some communities block new housing construction focus on incumbent home owner incentives to block entry. Local resident political ideology may also influence community permitting decisions. This paper uses city level panel data across California metropolitan areas from 2000 to 2008 to document that liberal cities grant fewer new housing permits than observationally similar cities located within the same metropolitan area. Cities experiencing a growth in their liberal voter share have a lower new housing permit growth rate.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Urban Economics.

Volume (Year): 69 (2011)
Issue (Month): 2 (March)
Pages: 223-228

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Handle: RePEc:eee:juecon:v:69:y:2011:i:2:p:223-228

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Keywords: Housing regulation Ideology Housing supply;

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  1. Liberal Cities Do Block Economic Development: The Case of Woodstock NY
    by Matthew E. Kahn in Environmental and Urban Economics on 2011-09-14 14:36:00
  2. Facebookâ??s IPO and Local Housing Markets
    by Matthew E. Kahn in the reality-based community on 2012-02-09 01:42:32
  3. NYU's Economics Department Takes a Stand on Historic Preservation in Greenwich Village
    by Matthew E. Kahn in Environmental and Urban Economics on 2012-04-26 18:18:00
  4. Professor Mitchell Moss Debates Matthew Broderick Over the Future of NYU's Expansion Plans
    by Matthew Kahn in Environmental and Urban Economics on 2012-07-01 17:39:00
  5. Do Heat Waves Cause Deaths?
    by Matthew E. Kahn in Environmental and Urban Economics on 2012-06-21 06:57:00
  6. Are Green Cities Elitist?
    by Matthew Kahn in Environmental and Urban Economics on 2013-03-02 21:07:00
  7. The Future of Los Angeles and Climate Change
    by Matthew E. Kahn in Legal Planet on 2013-03-03 00:09:54
  8. Alex Hall’s Work on Climate Change and Los Angeles
    by Matthew E. Kahn in Legal Planet on 2013-05-31 19:47:18
  9. What Happens When Liberal Cities Raise Their Minimum Wage?
    by Matthew Kahn in Environmental and Urban Economics on 2014-03-25 00:04:00
  10. Liberal Cities and the High (Median Rent/Median Household Income) Ratio
    by Matthew Kahn in Environmental and Urban Economics on 2014-04-15 01:47:00
  11. A Western Coastal Liberal State Blockade Limiting Exports of Coal to China?
    by Matthew Kahn in Environmental and Urban Economics on 2014-08-04 16:51:00
  12. The Consequences of Ideology
    by Matthew Kahn in Environmental and Urban Economics on 2014-08-13 15:18:00

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  1. Timothy Simcoe & Michael W. Toffel, 2012. "Government Green Procurement Spillovers: Evidence from Municipal Building Policies in California," Harvard Business School Working Papers, Harvard Business School 13-030, Harvard Business School, revised May 2014.
  2. Solé-Ollé, Albert & Viladecans-Marsal, Elisabet, 2013. "Do political parties matter for local land use policies?," Journal of Urban Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 78(C), pages 42-56.
  3. Millard-Ball, Adam, 2012. "Do city climate plans reduce emissions?," Journal of Urban Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 71(3), pages 289-311.
  4. Kok, Nils & Monkkonen, Paavo & Quigley, John M., 2014. "Land use regulations and the value of land and housing: An intra-metropolitan analysis," Journal of Urban Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 81(C), pages 136-148.
  5. Matthew J. Holian & Matthew E. Kahn, 2013. "The Rise of the Low Carbon Consumer City," NBER Working Papers 18735, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  6. Miquel-Àngel Garcia-López & Albert Solé-Ollé & Elisabet Viladecans-Marsal, 2014. "Do land use policies follow road construction?," Working Papers, Institut d'Economia de Barcelona (IEB) 2014/2, Institut d'Economia de Barcelona (IEB).

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