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Urban Economics, Land Use Policy and Planning

Cities are densely-packed human settlements, where the use of a scarce resource – land – is key to how the city functions in economic, social, and environmental terms.   The Geography department has a concentration of scholarly effort on understanding the ways that urban land and housing markets function, the roles of regulations and policies, and how the spatial arrangement of public goods such as schools and amenities interacts with the sorting of populations in city-regions. As with regional policy, much of this research aims at separating good from bad policies.

•   Housing prices: local and regulatory influences
   (C. Hilber)

•  Planning and land use regulation
   (N. Holman, A. Mace)

•  Land use tradeoffs
   (C. Palmer)

•  Property market and housing development
   (G. A. Jones, Shin)

•  School choice, school competition
   (S. Gibbons, O. Silva)

•  Neighbourhood effects
   (S. Gibbons)

•  Endogenous amenities
   (G. Ahlfeldt)

•  Local public finance and amenities
   (C. Hilber)

•  External effects of building design
   (G. Ahlfeldt)

•  Shrinking cities
   (A. Mace)

•  Housing quality and regulation
   (A. Mace)