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A Note on the Value of Foregone Open Space in Sprawling Cities

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  • Jan Rouwendal
  • Wouter Vermeulen

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Foregone benefits of the open space that is sacrificed through urban sprawl are hard to quantify. We obtain a simple benchmark measure by introducing a demand for trips beyond the urban boundary into the monocentric city model. The externality arises from the increase in travel costs that expansion of the city imposes on its prior inhabitants. An empirical application illustrates the moderate informational requirements. It indicates that open space externalities warrant rather mild restrictions on urban expansion.

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  • Jan Rouwendal & Wouter Vermeulen, 2012. "A Note on the Value of Foregone Open Space in Sprawling Cities," SERC Discussion Papers 0101, Spatial Economics Research Centre, LSE.
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    Keywords

    urban sprawl; open space; growth controls; outdoor recreation;

    JEL classification:

    • Q26 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Recreational Aspects of Natural Resources
    • R13 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - General Equilibrium and Welfare Economic Analysis of Regional Economies
    • R52 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Land Use and Other Regulations

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