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Urban Policy Effects on Carbon Mitigation

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  • Matthew E. Kahn

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The geographical location of economic activity within the United States has important implications for carbon mitigation. If households clustered in California’s cities rather than in more humid southern cities such as Memphis and Houston, then the average household carbon footprint would be lower. Such households would consume less electricity and this power would be generated by cleaner electric utilities. Within metropolitan areas, urban economic theory predicts that households create less greenhouse gas emissions when they live closer to the city center. This study uses three data sets reporting on household driving, public transit use and residential electricity consumption to provide evidence in support of the claim of a negative association between center city living and a household’s carbon footprint.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 16131.

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Publication status: published as Urban Policy Effects on Carbon Mitigation , Matthew E. Kahn. in The Design and Implementation of U.S. Climate Policy , Fullerton and Wolfram. 2012
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:16131

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  1. Edward L. Glaeser & Matthew E. Kahn, 2008. "The Greenness of Cities: Carbon Dioxide Emissions and Urban Development," NBER Working Papers 14238, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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  1. The Cost of Urban Density
    by Matthew E. Kahn in Environmental and Urban Economics on 2012-02-23 22:29:00
  2. Energy Consumption in the Suburbs
    by Matthew E. Kahn in Environmental and Urban Economics on 2011-11-26 18:05:00
  3. Noise in Cities
    by Matthew E. Kahn in Environmental and Urban Economics on 2011-03-05 04:36:00
  4. The Future of California’s Suburbs
    by Matthew E. Kahn in Legal Planet on 2012-04-07 20:22:40
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  1. Morikawa, Masayuki, 2012. "Population density and efficiency in energy consumption: An empirical analysis of service establishments," Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 34(5), pages 1617-1622.

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