Urban Spatial Structure and Motorization in China

17 Pages Posted: 21 Jun 2017

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Bindong Sun

East China Normal University (ECNU)

Tinglin zhang

East China Normal University (ECNU)

Zhou He

East China Normal University (ECNU)

Rui Wang

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Date Written: June 2017

Abstract

Using data from 161 Chinese cities, this paper investigates the effects of various dimensions of urban spatial structure on the ownership and commute mode split of automobile. Results confirm the positive effects of city size on auto ownership and mode split and the negative effect of density on auto ownership. Echoing a small number of studies, this research discovers the seemingly counterintuitive effect of jobs‐housing balance on the use of automobiles, probably due to the potential advantage of public transit relative to driving in dense and congested Chinese cities. Cities should emphasize public transit and maintain density in the future.

Suggested Citation

Sun, Bindong and zhang, Tinglin and He, Zhou and Wang, Rui, Urban Spatial Structure and Motorization in China (June 2017). Journal of Regional Science, Vol. 57, Issue 3, pp. 470-486, 2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2990116 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jors.12237

Bindong Sun (Contact Author)

East China Normal University (ECNU) ( email )

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Tinglin Zhang

East China Normal University (ECNU) ( email )

North Zhongshan Road Campus
3663 N. Zhongshan Rd.
Shanghai, 200062
China

Zhou He

East China Normal University (ECNU) ( email )

North Zhongshan Road Campus
3663 N. Zhongshan Rd.
Shanghai, 200062
China

Rui Wang

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) ( email )

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Box 951361
Los Angeles, CA 90095
United States

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