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Title:Toward efficient urban form in China PDF Logo
Authors:Webster, Douglas
Bertaud, Alain
Jianming, Cai
Zhenshan, Yang
Issue Date:2010
Series/Report no.:Working paper // World Institute for Development Economics Research 2010,97
Abstract:Land efficiency in urban China is examined, using Tianjin as a case study, from the perspective of agricultural land conservation; reduction in energy use, conventional pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions; and human time savings. Issues addressed include increased scatter on the periphery, over-consumption of industrial land, over fiscal dependence on land sales, and loss of valuable agricultural and environmental services land. Policy implications discussed include the need for greater variation in urban densities (leveraging already high densities in urban China - one-third the global median), less broad-brush agricultural land conservation policies, higher floor area ratios near rapid transit stations, etc.
Subjects:China
land conversion
land efficiency
land use policy
urban density
JEL:R0
R5
R14
R52
ISBN:978-92-9230-335-8
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:WIDER Working Papers, United Nations University (UNU)

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