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Zoning and the Distribution of Location Rents: An Empirical Analysis of Harris County, Texas

  • Jeremy R. Groves
  • Eric Helland

The Coase theorem presents two criteria for evaluating regulation: regulations efficiency relative to private solutions and how the regulation affects the distribution of wealth. Previous studies of the impact of municipal zoning have focused on Coase’s first criteria: whether zoning raises land values overall. This study estimates the transfer of wealth between owners of existing homes that results from the creation of a municipal zoning ordinance. We find that property best suited to residential use gains in value while property with relatively higher potential as commercial property experiences a decline in the value. We find that zoning is distributive.

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Article provided by University of Wisconsin Press in its journal Land Economics.

Volume (Year): 78 (2002)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 28-44

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Handle: RePEc:uwp:landec:v:78:y:2002:i:1:p:28-44
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