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Estimation of optimal metropolitan size in Japan with consideration of social costs

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  • Fumitoshi Mizutani

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  • Tomoyasu Tanaka

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  • Noriyoshi Nakayama

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The main purpose of this study is to estimate the optimal city size which would attain maximum total surplus and sustainability, or a city size in which total benefits would equal total costs. We apply regressions to the total benefit function and the total cost function for 269 employment metropolitan areas for the year 2000 in Japan. Our study can be distinguished from others in that we include in total costs such social costs as environmental pollution. Our findings are that the optimal city size is 393–433 thousand persons. The sustainable limit for city size is 1,057–1,150 thousand. Copyright Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2015

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Empirical Economics.

Volume (Year): 48 (2015)
Issue (Month): 4 (June)
Pages: 1713-1730

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Handle: RePEc:spr:empeco:v:48:y:2015:i:4:p:1713-1730
DOI: 10.1007/s00181-014-0850-6
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