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On the origins of land use regulations: theory and evidence from US metro areas

Hilber, Christian A. L. and Robert-Nicoud, Frédéric (2009) On the origins of land use regulations: theory and evidence from US metro areas. CEP Discussion Paper, No. 964. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

We model residential land use constraints as the outcome of a political economy game between owners of developed and owners of undeveloped land. Land use constraints benefit the former group (via increasing property prices) but hurt the latter (via increasing development costs). More desirable locations are more developed and, as a consequence of political economy forces, more regulated. Using an IV approach that directly follows from our model we find strong and robust support for our predictions. The data provide weak or no support for alternative hypotheses whereby regulations reflect the wishes of the majority of households or efficiency motives.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://cep.lse.ac.uk/
Additional Information: © 2009 The Authors
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
E History America > E151 United States (General)
Sets: Departments > Geography and Environment
Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Series: Working Papers > CEP Discussion Papers
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2010 15:33
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2012 10:19
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/28702

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