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Land Ownership Risk and Urban Development

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  • Thomas J Miceli
  • C. F Sirmans
  • Geoffrey K Turnbull

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Under certainty, unlimited duration of private ownership of land provides landowners with efficient development incentives. However, in cases of ownership risk arising from title mistakes, fraud, boundary encroachment, or adverse possession, the statute of limitations sets a limit on how long agents have to establish or defend an ownership claim. This paper demonstrates that such restrictions speed the pace of land development and systematically affect the development density according to site location in the urban land market. It also offers an explanation of why land owners prefer a time limit on the ability to defend their ownership. It shows that the value-maximizing statute varies across sites in the spatial market. Copyright Blackwell Publishing, Inc. 2003

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  • Thomas J Miceli & C. F Sirmans & Geoffrey K Turnbull, 2003. "Land Ownership Risk and Urban Development," Journal of Regional Science, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 43(1), pages 73-94.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jregsc:v:43:y:2003:i:1:p:73-94
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    1. Thomas J. Miceli & C.F. Sirmans & Geoffrey K. Turnbull, 2009. "Lease Defaults And The Efficient Mitigation Of Damages," Journal of Regional Science, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 49(5), pages 915-930.
    2. Geoffrey Turnbull, 2005. "The Investment Incentive Effects of Land Use Regulations," The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Springer, vol. 31(4), pages 357-395, December.
    3. Miceli, Thomas J. & Munneke, Henry J. & Sirmans, C.F. & Turnbull, Geoffrey K., 2011. "A question of title: Property rights and asset values," Regional Science and Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 41(6), pages 499-507.

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