Decomposing the growth in residential land in the United States
AbstractThis paper decomposes the growth in land occupied by residences in the United States to give the relative contributions of changing demographics versus changes in residential land per household. Between 1976 and 1992 the amount of residential land in the United States grew 47.7% while population only grew 17.8%. At first glance, this suggest an important role for per-household increases. However, the calculations in this paper show that only 24.5% of the growth in residential land area can be attributed to state-level changes in land per household. 37.3% is due to overall population growth, 22.6% to an increase in the number of households over this period, 6% to the shift of population towards states with larger houses, and the remaining 9.6% to interactions between these changes. There are large differences across states and metropolitan areas in the relative importance of these components.
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Volume (Year): 38 (2008)
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- Henry G. Overman & Diego Puga & Matthew A. Turner, 2007. "Decomposing the growth in residential land in the United States," Working Papers tecipa-278, University of Toronto, Department of Economics.
- Overman, Henry G. & Puga, Diego & Turner, Matthew A, 2007. "Decomposing the Growth in Residential Land in the United States," CEPR Discussion Papers 6190, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
- Henry G. Overman & Diego Puga & Matthew A. Turner, 2007. "Decomposing the growth in residential land in the United States," Working Papers 2007-02, Instituto Madrileño de Estudios Avanzados (IMDEA) Ciencias Sociales.
- Henry Overman & Diego Puga & Matthew Turner, 2007. "Decomposing the Growth in Residential Land in the United States," CEP Discussion Papers dp0778, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.
- R14 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Land Use Patterns
- O51 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - U.S.; Canada
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