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Pollution and city size: can cities be too small?

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  • Borck, Rainald
  • Tabuchi, Takatoshi

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We study the optimal and equilibrium size of cities in a monocentric city model with environmental pollution. Pollution is related to city size through the effect of population on production, commuting, and housing consumption. If pollution is local, we find that equilibrium cities are too large, mirroring standard results in the theory of city systems. When pollution is global and per capita pollution declines with city size, however, equilibrium cities may be too small.

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  • Borck, Rainald & Tabuchi, Takatoshi, 2015. "Pollution and city size: can cities be too small?," Annual Conference 2015 (Muenster): Economic Development - Theory and Policy 113124, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.
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    1. Pflüger, Michael P., 2018. "City Size, Pollution and Emission Policies," IZA Discussion Papers 11354, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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    • R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)
    • Q54 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Climate; Natural Disasters and their Management; Global Warming
    • R13 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - General Equilibrium and Welfare Economic Analysis of Regional Economies

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