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The Costs of Agglomeration: Land Prices in French Cities

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  • Pierre-Philippe Combes

    () (Aix-Marseille University (Aix-Marseille School of Economics), CNRS & EHESS.)

  • Gilles Duranton

    (University of Pennsylvania)

  • Laurent Gobillon

    (http://www.amse-aixmarseille.fr/sites/default/files/_dt/2012/wp_2012_-_nr_35.pdf)

Abstract

We develop a new methodology to estimate the elasticity of urban costs with respect to city population using French land price data. Our preferred estimate, which handles a number of estimation concerns, stands at 0.041. Our approach also yields a number of intermediate outputs of independent interest such as a distance gradient for land prices and the elasticity of unit land prices with respect to city population. For the latter, our preferred estimate is 0.72.

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  • Pierre-Philippe Combes & Gilles Duranton & Laurent Gobillon, 2012. "The Costs of Agglomeration: Land Prices in French Cities," AMSE Working Papers 1235, Aix-Marseille School of Economics, France.
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    Keywords

    urban costs; land prices; land use; agglomeration.;

    JEL classification:

    • R14 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Land Use Patterns
    • R21 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Housing Demand
    • R31 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Real Estate Markets, Spatial Production Analysis, and Firm Location - - - Housing Supply and Markets

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