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Urban Land Development and its Prices: The Effects of Conversion Costs with Redevelopment


  • Tae H. Park
  • Suk Heun Yoon


This paper analyzes urban land development when landowners anticipate a future large-scale redevelopment by a third party developer. Landowners' initial development activities can deter such redevelopment because they impose two conversion costs on the redeveloper: demolition costs and landowners' reservation prices. These costs are eventually borne by the landowners when the developers' market is competitive. For the landowners' initial development activities, we analyze both the efficient solution and the noncooperative solution under the Nash equilibrium. In both cases, the possibility of redevelopment results in a lower level of initial development due to the conversion costs, but increases land prices. However, the magnitude of their effects is smaller in the Nash solution due to an externality. The presence of such an externality provides a rationale for zoning and urban planning. Copyright American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association.

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  • Tae H. Park & Suk Heun Yoon, 1994. "Urban Land Development and its Prices: The Effects of Conversion Costs with Redevelopment," Real Estate Economics, American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association, vol. 22(4), pages 603-629.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:reesec:v:22:y:1994:i:4:p:603-629

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