Welfare Effects of Anti-Sprawl Policies in the Presence of Urban Decline Journal Article uri icon



  • This paper extends first-best analysis of anti-sprawl policies, such as development taxes, and examines the welfare effects of development taxes in the presence of urban decline at the city core. We find that anti-sprawl policies generate several important feedbacks within the urban system, generating additional welfare gains and affecting the level of urban decline and suburban sprawl. Further, the optimal development tax exceeds the (first-best) Pigouvian level, irrespective of whether or not revenues are returned lump-sum to all landowners or earmarked for urban decline mitigation.

publication date

  • December 1, 2011

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  • green

Date in CU Experts

  • March 13, 2017 12:24 PM

Full Author List

  • Bento AM; Franco SF; Kaffine D

author count

  • 3

Other Profiles

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1068-2805

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2372-2614

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 439

end page

  • 450


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