On the Value of Foregone Open Space in Sprawling Cities

9 Pages Posted: 9 Jan 2014

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Wouter Vermeulen

CPB Netherlands Bureau of Economic Policy Research; VU University Amsterdam - Department of Spatial Economics

Jan Rouwendal

VU University Amsterdam - Department of Spatial Economics; Tinbergen Institute

Date Written: January 2014

Abstract

Foregone benefits of the open space that is sacrificed through urban sprawl are hard to quantify. We obtain a simple benchmark measure by introducing a demand for trips beyond the urban boundary into the monocentric city model. The externality arises from the increase in travel costs that expansion of the city imposes on its prior inhabitants. An empirical application illustrates the moderate informational requirements. It indicates that open space externalities warrant rather mild restrictions on urban expansion.

Suggested Citation

Vermeulen, Wouter and Rouwendal, Jan, On the Value of Foregone Open Space in Sprawling Cities (January 2014). Journal of Regional Science, Vol. 54, Issue 1, pp. 61-69, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2376562 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jors.12033

Wouter Vermeulen (Contact Author)

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VU University Amsterdam - Department of Spatial Economics

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Jan Rouwendal

VU University Amsterdam - Department of Spatial Economics ( email )

De Boelelaan 1105
1081HV Amsterdam
Netherlands

Tinbergen Institute ( email )

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Rotterdam, 3062 PA
Netherlands

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