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Zoning and the economic geography of cities

Allison Shertzer, Tate Twinam and Randall P. Walsh

Journal of Urban Economics, 2018, vol. 105, issue C, 20-39

Abstract: Comprehensive zoning is ubiquitous in U.S. cities, yet we know surprisingly little about its long-run impacts. We provide the first attempt to measure the causal effect of land use regulation over the long term, using as our setting Chicago's first comprehensive zoning ordinance adopted in 1923. Our results indicate that zoning played a central role in establishing residential neighborhoods free of industrial and commercial uses. The separation of uses established by the zoning ordinance persists to the present day and is reflected in housing prices, the location of polluting industrial sites, and population density.

Keywords: Zoning; Persistence; Land use; Housing prices; Regulation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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