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Government Urban Growth Controls



Government controls on urban land use are as pervasive as death and taxes. Certainly, I have never been in or seen reference to a country that placed no or even almost no, controls on how owners could develop and use urban land. The most comprehensive study of urban housing development policies, Angel and Mayo (1996), which covers 53 countries that include 80 percent of the world’s population, included none that approximated free markets in housing.

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  • Edwin S. Mills, 2002. "Government Urban Growth Controls," International Real Estate Review, Asian Real Estate Society, vol. 5(1), pages 1-11.
  • Handle: RePEc:ire:issued:v:05:n:01:2002:p:1-11

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    1. Epple, Dennis & Platt, Glenn J., 1998. "Equilibrium and Local Redistribution in an Urban Economy when Households Differ in both Preferences and Incomes," Journal of Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 43(1), pages 23-51, January.
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    5. Thorsnes, Paul, 1997. "Consistent Estimates of the Elasticity of Substitution between Land and Non-Land Inputs in the Production of Housing," Journal of Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 42(1), pages 98-108, July.
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    • L85 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Real Estate Services


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