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Are Sunnier Cities Denser?


  • John Hartwick

    () (Queen's University)


We set out an open, monocentric city with residential structures and reflect on how changes to an amenity index affcts the city. On the production side, the shock is represented by a productivity improvement and a local wage increase and on the consumption side the shock is represented by an exogenous boost to the utility of a resident's current commodity bundle. In each case the city's population, land rent and footprint expand. In the second case there is an increase in density.

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  • John Hartwick, 2007. "Are Sunnier Cities Denser?," Working Papers 1164, Queen's University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:qed:wpaper:1164

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    urban amenities; density; wages;

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    • R14 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Land Use Patterns
    • J61 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers

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