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Competition, Land Prices, and City Size

Sergey Kichko

No 7727, CESifo Working Paper Series from CESifo

Abstract: Larger cities typically give rise to two opposite effects: tougher competition among firms and higher production costs. Using an urban model with substitutability of production factors and pro-competitive effects, I study the response of the market outcome to city size, land-use regulations, and commuting costs. For industries with low input shares of land, larger cities host more firms setting lower prices whereas for sectors with intermediate land shares larger cities accommodate more firms charging higher prices. Softer land-use regulations and/or lower commuting costs reinforce pro-competitive effects, making larger cities more attractive for residents via lower prices and broader product diversity.

Keywords: land prices; pro-competitive effects; city size; product diversity; land-use regulations (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L11 L13 R13 R32 R52 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-com, nep-geo, nep-ind and nep-ure
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