A Companion to Urban Economics / Edition 1

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A Companion to Urban Economics provides a state-of-the-art overview of this field, communicating its intellectual richness through a diverse portfolio of authors and topics.

  • Unique in both its rigor and international treatment
  • An ideal supplementary textbook in upper-level undergraduate urban economics courses, or in master's level and professional courses, providing students with the necessary foundation to tackle more advanced topics in urban economics
  • Contains contributions from the world’s leading urban economists
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“Provides a broader and more accessible summary of the state of economists’ knowledge about cities...succeeds marvelously in its stated task of providing a fascinating set of essays...an enjoyable book that is a significant contribution to the field.”
Journal of Regional Science
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Meet the Author

Richard J. Arnott is Professor of Economics at Boston College, Massachusetts. His recent research focuses on the economics of urban transportation and he is author of Alleviating Urban Traffic Congestion (with Tilmann Rave and Ronnie Schöb, 2005). He has extensive editorial experience, including serving as an editor for the journals Regional Science and Urban Economics and Journal of Economic Geography and for the books Public Economics: Selected Papers by William Vickrey (1994) and Economics for an Imperfect World: Essays in Honor of Joseph E. Stiglitz (2003).

Daniel P. McMillen is Professor of Economics at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a member of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs. His articles have been published in such journals as Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Urban Economics, Regional Science and Urban Economics, Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, and Real Estate Economics. He is co-author, with John McDonald, of Urban Economics and Real Estate: Theory and Policy (Blackwell, 2007).

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Table of Contents

1 The micro-empirics of agglomeration economies 7
2 Human capital externalities in cities : identification and policy issues 24
3 The first cities 40
4 Cross-country patterns of urban development 55
5 The spatial pattern of land use in the United States 77
6 Monocentric cities 96
7 Space in general equilibrium 109
8 Testing for monocentricity 128
9 The economic theory of housing tenure choice 145
10 Housing policy : low-income households in France 159
11 Housing demand : an international perspective 179
12 Discrimination in mortgage lending 197
13 Commercial real estate 211
14 Housing price indexes 228
15 Urban transport economic theory 245
16 Urban passenger travel demand 261
17 Urban transportation and land use 281
18 Urban transport policies : the Dutch struggle with market failures and policy failures 292
19 Financing cities 311
20 Strategic interaction among governments 332
21 Property and land taxation 348
22 A theory of municipal corporate governance with an application to land-use regulation 372
23 Urban labor markets 389
24 A primer on spatial mismatch within urban labor markets 404
25 Urban labor economic theory 418
26 Macroeconomic analysis using regional data : an application to monetary policy 440
27 Measuring and analyzing urban employment fluctuations 460
28 Measuring quality of life 483
29 Air pollution in cities 502
30 Urban crime, race, and the criminal justice system in the United States 515
31 Ethnic segregation and ghettos 536
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