ESSAYS ON URBAN SPATIAL STRUCTURE

Seventeen essays are presented which summarize more than a decade of research on various aspects of urban economic analysis and policy. The essays are categorized in five parts: (I) residential and commuting decisions; (II) the location of jobs; (III) effects of racial discrimination; (IV) analysis of urban housing markets; and (V) urban transportation. Three essays analyze decisions by urban households on how much residential space to consume, i.e. at what residential density to reside, where to live within the metropolitan area, how far to commute, and what travel modes to use. The principal feature of analyses of the residential and commuting choices of urban household is the emphasis on the importance of specific workplace location as a determinant of housing, residential location and commuting choices. Research on employment location and the determinants of industry location are summarized. Essays are also presented which identify, trace and quantify the effects of urban discrimination and segregation in urban housing markets on the pattern of urban development and on black welfare. Partial equilibrium models, theoretical explanation of urban density functions, the various dimensions of housing bundles, and housing services for the behavior of housing suppliers are considered in an analysis of housing markets. Research findings are presented related to costs serving peak hour commuters by alternative technologies. The essay on the future of urban economics, identifies the forces influencing developments in the 30 years following the end of World War II, and places the essays presented here in the overall context of urban economics.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Ballinger Publishing Company

    17 Dunster Street, Harvard Square
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02138
  • Authors:
    • Kain, J F
  • Publication Date: 1975

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 412 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00128815
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 29 1981 12:00AM