Atmospheric Pollution in Rapidly Growing Urban Centers: Spatial Policies and Land Use Patterns

Posted: 8 Mar 2015

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Efthymia Kyriakopoulou

University of Gothenburg ; Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics

Anastasios Xepapadeas

Athens University of Economics and Business; University of Bologna - School of Economics, Management, and Statistics

Date Written: March 7, 2015

Abstract

We study the optimal and equilibrium distribution of industrial and residential land in a given region. The trade-off between the agglomeration and dispersion forces, in the form of pollution from stationary forces, production externalities, and commuting costs, determines the emergence of industrial and residential clusters across space. In this context, we define two kinds of spatial policies that can be used in order to close the gap between optimal and market allocations. More specifically, we show that the joint implementation of a site-specific environmental tax and a site-specific labor subsidy can reproduce the optimum as an equilibrium outcome. The methodological approach followed in this paper allows for endogenous determination of land use patterns and is shown to provide more precise results compared to previous studies.

Keywords: Spatial policies, agglomeration, land use, atmospheric pollution, environmental tax, labor subsidy.

JEL Classification: R14, R38, H23

Suggested Citation

Kyriakopoulou, Efthymia and Xepapadeas, Anastasios, Atmospheric Pollution in Rapidly Growing Urban Centers: Spatial Policies and Land Use Patterns (March 7, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2575022

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