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The Efficiency of Speculation in Urban Land


  • D R Capozza

    (University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California 90007, USA)


This paper analyzes the effect of speculation in land at the urban periphery on resource allocation. A simple dynamic model of residential location is developed and its properties are analyzed both qualitatively and numerically. One finding is that social costs in a typical city are increased by about three to seven per cent as a result of speculative increases in the value of idle land. Appropriate tax policies are studied.

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  • D R Capozza, 1976. "The Efficiency of Speculation in Urban Land," Environment and Planning A, , vol. 8(4), pages 411-422, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:envira:v:8:y:1976:i:4:p:411-422

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