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The impact of urban form on vehicle ownership

Matthew Holian

Economics Letters, 2020, vol. 186, issue C

Abstract: Driving is the single biggest source of household carbon emissions, and land-use policies that encourage higher density are motivated in part by findings of lower vehicle ownership rates in compact areas. However, many previous estimates suffer from self-selection bias. Utilizing an indicator variable for the presence of same gender children in the household as an instrument for population density, I find a 10% increase in density causes a 0.012 decrease in the size of a household’s vehicle fleet, a reduction of about half a percentage point.

Keywords: Vehicle demand; Land-use regulation; Carbon emissions (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: R0 Q5 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2019.108763

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