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articles: Amenities and urban residential structure: An amenity-embedded model of residential choice

Cheol-Joo Cho ()

Papers in Regional Science, 2001, vol. 80, issue 4, 483-498

Abstract: The basic model of residential choice, which has been established by generalizing Von Thünen's concept to an urban context, states that the equilibrium structure of residential land use is determined by the trade-off between accessibility and space. The willingness to sacrifice space for accessibility differs between households and depends on household income. The equilibrium land use is the outcome of the interplay between the income elasticity of space consumption and the income elasticity of commuting outlays. The primary purpose of this article is to extend the basic model by incorporating a location-dependent quality of the environment. The proposed model examines the locational consequences of household choice as influenced by a complicated interplay among three factors: the income elasticity of housing demand, the income elasticity of commuting costs, and the location-dependent amenity schedule. The equilibrium land use is contrasted for two types of cities: the case 1 city in which the level of amenities increases toward the urban fringe, and the case 2 city in which the level of amenities is assumed to decrease as one moves toward the urban fringe.

Keywords: Equilibrium land use; utility-maximizing households; bid rent; amenities (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2001-10-25
Note: Received: 2 August 1999
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