Handbook of Regional and Urban Economics

Handbook of Regional and Urban Economics

1st Edition - May 15, 2015

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  • Editors: Gilles Duranton, Vernon Henderson, William Strange
  • eBook ISBN: 9780444595188
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780444595171

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Developments in methodologies, agglomeration, and a range of applied issues have characterized recent advances in regional and urban studies. Volume 5 concentrates on these developments while treating traditional subjects such as housing, the costs and benefits of cities, and policy issues beyond regional inequalities. Contributors make a habit of combining theory and empirics in each chapter, guiding research amid a trend in applied economics towards structural and quasi-experimental approaches. Clearly distinguished from the New Economic Geography covered by Volume 4, these articles feature an international approach that positions recent advances within the discipline of economics and society at large.

Key Features

  • Editors are recognized as leaders and can attract an international list of contributors
  • Regional and urban studies interest economists in many subdisciplines, such as labor, development, and public economics
  • Table of contents combines theoretical and applied subjects, ensuring broad appeal to readers


Graduate students and professors worldwide working in all subdisciplines of economics and finance. Secondary audience includes researchers working in macroeconomics and related areas, such as housing, growth, development economics, economic behavior, transportation, and modeling

Table of Contents

  • Volume 5A

    Section I: Empirical Methods

    1. Causal Inference in Urban Economics; Nathaniel Baum-Snow and Fernando Ferreira

    2. Structural Estimation in Urban and Regional Economics; Thomas J. Holmes and Holger Sieg

    3. Spatial Methods; Stephen Gibbons, Henry G. Overman and Eleonora Patacchini

    Section II: Agglomeration and Urban Spatial Structure

    4. Agglomeration Theory; Kristian Behrens and Frederic Robert-Nicoud

    5. The Empirics of Agglomeration; Pierre-Philippe Combes and Laurent Gobillon

    6. Agglomeration and Innovation; Gerald Carlino and William Robert Kerr

    7. The Role of the Amenities (Environmental and Otherwise) in Shaping Cities; Matthew Edwin Kahn and Randall Phillip Walsh

    8. Urban Land Use; Gilles Duranton and Diego Puga

    9. Neighbourhood versus Network Effects; Giorgio Topa and Yves Zenou

    10. Immigration and the Economy of Cities and Regions; Ethan Lewis and Giovanni Peri

    Volume 5B

    Section I: Housing and Real Estate

    11. Housing Bubbles; Edward Glaeser and Charles G. Nathanson

    12. Housing, Finance, and the Macroeconomy; Morris A. Davis and Stijn Van Nieuwerburgh

    13. Microstructure of Housing Markets: Search, Bargaining, and Brokerage; Lu Han and William Strange

    14. United States Housing Policies; Edgar Olsen and Jeffrey Zabel

    15. How Mortgage Finance Affects the Urban Landscape; Andrew Haughwout, Joseph Tracy and Sewin Chan

    16. Cycles and Persistence in the Economic Status of Neighborhoods and Cities; Stuart Rosenthal and Stephen Ross

    Section II: Applied Urban Economics

    17. Taxes in Cities: Interdependence, Asymmetry, and Agglomeration; Marius Brulhart, Sam Bucovetsky and Kurt Schmidheiny

    18. Place Based Policies; David Neumark and Helen Simpson

    19. Regulation and Housing Supply; Joseph Gyourko and Raven Molloy

    20. Transportation Costs and the Spatial Organization of Economic Activity; Stephen J. Redding and Matthew Turner

    21. Cities in Developing Countries: Fueled by Rural-Urban Migration, Lacking in Tenure Security, and Short of Affordable Housing; Jan Brueckner and Somik Lall

    22. The Geography of Development within Countries; Klaus Desmet and J. Vernon Henderson

    23. Urban Crime; Brendan O’Flaherty and Rajiv Sethi

Product details

  • No. of pages: 722
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © North Holland 2015
  • Published: May 15, 2015
  • Imprint: North Holland
  • eBook ISBN: 9780444595188
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780444595171

About the Editors

Gilles Duranton

Holder of the Noranda Chair in Economics and International Trade, Gilles Duranton has taught at the Paris School of Economics, Princeton University, the Universidad del Norte in Colombia, the University of Lille, and others. A consultant for the CD Howe Institute, the World Bank, and the OECD, he is President of the North American Regional Science Council and has won the Philip Leverhulme Prize, the European Investment Bank Prize, and numerous grants and fellowships. he is the co-editor of the Journal of Urban Economics. Fellow, Centre for Economic Policy Research, Fellow, Spatial Economics Research Centre, Fellow, Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis, Member of the Urban Economics Association, Faculty Fellow, Penn Institute for Urban Research.

Affiliations and Expertise

Chair, Real Estate Department, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Vernon Henderson

J. Vernon Henderson is one of the world's leading urban economists. Chair of the Urban Studies Program at Brown University, he has taught at the London School of Economics, Delhi University, Tribhuvan University in Nepal, and Queen's Univresity, Canada. Awarded a Guggenheim Foundation grant and elected a Fellow of the Regional Science Association International, he co-edited the Handbook of Regional and Urban Economics, vol. 4 with J.-F. Thisse.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Economics, Brown University, Providence, RI, USA

William Strange

William Strange is co-editor of the Journal of Urban Economics and the President of the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association. Recipient of the Walter Isard Award for Distinguished Scholarly Achievements in Regional Science, he has published on a variety of subjects.

Affiliations and Expertise

Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada

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