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 increases in the land area used by individual households. Between 1976 and 1992 the amount of residential land in the United States grew 47.5% 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 24.3% of the growth in residential land area can be attributed to State-level changes in land per household. 37.5% is due to overall population growth, 5.9% to the shift of population towards States with larger houses, 22.7% to an increase in the number of households over this period, and the remaining 9.5% 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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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Instituto Madrileño de Estudios Avanzados (IMDEA) Ciencias Sociales in its series Working Papers with number 2007-02.
Date of creation: 19 Feb 2007
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Publication status: Published in Regional Science and Urban Economics 38(5), September 2008: 487-497
land use; population growth;
Other versions of this item:
- Overman, Henry G. & Puga, Diego & Turner, Matthew A., 2008. "Decomposing the growth in residential land in the United States," Regional Science and Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 38(5), pages 487-497, September.
- 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.
- 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 tecipa-278, University of Toronto, Department of Economics.
- 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
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2007-03-03 (All new papers)
- NEP-GEO-2007-03-03 (Economic Geography)
- NEP-URE-2007-03-03 (Urban & Real Estate Economics)
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