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Urban spatial structure, transport-related emissions and welfare

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  • Laurent Denant-Boemont
  • Carl Gaigné
  • Romain Gaté

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In this paper, we study the effects of urban design on pollution and welfare. We build a theoretical model of residential choices with pollution externalities arising from commuting, where the size of the central business district (CBD) and the demand for housing are endogenous. We show that a polycentric city is desirable from welfare and ecological perspective, provided that travel speed and/or the number of roads directly connected with the CBD are sufficiently high. The spatial extension of cities remains the critical variable to curb transport-related urban pollution.

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  • Laurent Denant-Boemont & Carl Gaigné & Romain Gaté, 2017. "Urban spatial structure, transport-related emissions and welfare," Cahiers de recherche CREATE 2017-02, CREATE.
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    Keywords

    Urban form; Housing; Travel speed; Carbon emissions; Welfare.;
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    JEL classification:

    • Q53 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Air Pollution; Water Pollution; Noise; Hazardous Waste; Solid Waste; Recycling
    • 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

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