Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/67782
Authors: 
Brolley, Michael
Hartwick, John
Year of Publication: 
2008
Series/Report no.: 
Queen's Economics Department Working Paper 1190
Abstract: 
We set out an open, monocentric city with residential structures and reflect how changes to the amenity index affects the city. On the consumption side an amenity is represented by an exogenous boost to the utility of a resident's current commodity bundle. The cities population, land rent and footprint expand and its density rises. We test for an amenity effect in local wages with household data for the US in 1990 and discover the city density is much stronger in explaining local premia than is the city population. We test for amenity effects in local house prices with the same data set.
Subjects: 
Climatic amenities
Density
Wages
JEL: 
J61
R14
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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