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The Rise of the Low Carbon Consumer City

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  • Matthew J. Holian
  • Matthew E. Kahn

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Urban density both facilitates consumption opportunities and encourages individuals to drive less and walk and use public transit more. Using several data sets, we document that high quality of life consumer center cities are low carbon cities. We discuss possible causal channels for this association.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 18735.

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  1. Twitter and the Rejuvenation of a Downtown San Francisco Neighborhood
    by Matthew E. Kahn in The Reality-Based Community on 2013-11-02 16:14:40
  2. Krugman on Carbon Mitigation, Self Interest and Ideology
    by Matthew Kahn in Environmental and Urban Economics on 2014-06-09 17:37:00
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  1. Matthew J. Holian & Matthew E. Kahn, 2014. "Household Demand for Low Carbon Public Policies: Evidence from California," NBER Working Papers 19965, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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