Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/107833
Authors: 
Hilber, Christian A.L.
Rouwendal, Jan
Vermeulen, Wouter
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 14-120/VIII
Abstract: 
We present a modified open monocentric city model that assumes that land is available for conversion into new housing throughout the city. The model predicts that positive local income shocks (i) increase the city’s share of multi-family housing in new construction and (ii) lead to the construction of smaller units. We exploit the metro area samples of the American Housing Survey from 1984 to 2004 and find support for both predictions. We confirm that the adjustment process is driven by migration and is hindered by strict local land use control. Our findings imply that tight regulation may hamper metro area level labor market adjustment to positive economic shocks not only through limits on the quantity of newly supplied units but also by constraining their type to single-family houses and larger units that may be less suitable for would-be-migrants.
Subjects: 
Local economic conditions
open monocentric city model
land conversion
housing supply
housing type
housing consumption
land use regulation
migration
JEL: 
R11
R21
R31
R52
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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