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Zoning and the Economic Geography of Cities

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  • Allison Shertzer

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  • Tate Twinam

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Comprehensive zoning is ubiquitous in U.S. cities, yet surprisingly little is known about its long-run impacts. This paper provides the first attempt to measure the causal effect of land use regulation over the long term. The results indicate that zoning has had a broader and more significant impact on the spatial distribution of economic activity than was previously believed. In particular, zoning may be more important than either geography or transportation networks – the workhorses of urban economic geography models – in explaining where commercial and industrial activity are located. [Working Paper 22658]

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  • Allison Shertzer & Tate Twinam & Randall Walsh, 2016. "Zoning and the Economic Geography of Cities," Working Papers id:11331, eSocialSciences.
  • Handle: RePEc:ess:wpaper:id:11331
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    Keywords

    Comprehensive zoning ; causal effect of land use regulation ; spatial distribution ; economic activity ; transportation networks ; urban economic geography;

    JEL classification:

    • H7 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations
    • N42 - Economic History - - Government, War, Law, International Relations, and Regulation - - - U.S.; Canada: 1913-
    • R3 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Real Estate Markets, Spatial Production Analysis, and Firm Location

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