City Silhouette, World Climate

29 Pages Posted: 14 Apr 2013 Last revised: 22 Jan 2014

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Kristof Dascher

University of Regensburg - Faculty of Business, Economics & Information Systems

Date Written: January 20, 2014

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Dascher, Kristof, City Silhouette, World Climate (January 20, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2250673 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2250673

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