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Handbook of Regional and Urban Economics - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780444595317

Handbook of Regional and Urban Economics, Volume 5B

1st Edition

Editors: Gilles Duranton Vernon Henderson William Strange
Hardcover ISBN: 9780444595317
Imprint: North Holland
Published Date: 15th May 2015
Page Count: 978
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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


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.


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"This invaluable collection brings together excellent reviews of the state-of-the-art in contemporary Regional and Urban Economics, written by the world’s most renowned experts, thus forming a most welcome addition to what is already an essential collection of reference reviews in the field. It will prove to be of great value as much to those who have been working in the field since the appearance Handbook’s first volume in 1987 or before, as it will be to those who are new in the field." --Erik Verhoef, VU University, The Netherlands

"The chapters in this impressive collection, written by the top scholars in the field, offer a rigorous view of the frontiers of urban and regional economics.  Both established and emerging researchers will benefit from the volume's timely focus on empirical methods, heterogeneity, networks, and housing finance and market microstructure.  This volume will be the standard reference in the field for years to come." --Robert Helsley, University of British Columbia  

"The fifth volume of Elsevier's Handbook of Regional and Urban Economics is a worthy successor to its fine predecessors.  The chapters are on subjects at the forefront of urban and housing research, and the authors are among the best in their fields.   At a time when urban and housing issues are more important to the study of economics than ever before, the Handbook will serve as a stimulating gateway to its most interesting and important topics.  This is a volume that everybody with an interest in this subject will want to read." --Edward Coulson, University of Nevada

Ratings and Reviews

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