City Silhouette, World Climate
29 Pages Posted: 14 Apr 2013 Last revised: 22 Jan 2014
Date Written: January 20, 2014
A country's urban silhouettes prophesy its future climate policy, or so this paper argues. The more its city silhouettes are skewed to the periphery, the more likely a country is to implement the carbon tax. This is why the effect of a country's urban form on greenhouse gas emissions -- a bone of contention in the recent literature -- cannot be separated from that country's choice of carbon tax. From this paper's perspective, a country with greater city silhouette skews may emit less greenhouse gases not so much because its cities are more compact but because it places a higher price on carbon consumption.
Keywords: Urban Silhouette, Political Economy, Climate Policy, Silhouette Skewness
JEL Classification: R12, Q54, H41
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