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Skyscraper Height

  • Jason Barr

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This paper investigates the determinants of skyscraper height. First a simple model is provided where potential developers desire not only profits but also social status. In equilibrium, height is a function of both the costs and benefits of construction and the heights of surrounding buildings. Using data from New York City, I empirically estimate skyscraper height over the 20th century. Via spatial regressions, I find evidence for height competition, which increases during boom times. In addition, I provide estimates of which buildings are economically “too tall” and by how many floors. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012

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Article provided by Springer in its journal The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics.

Volume (Year): 45 (2012)
Issue (Month): 3 (October)
Pages: 723-753

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