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A Note on the Value of Foregone Open Space in Sprawling Cities

Jan  Rouwendal,  Wouter  Vermeulen,  February 2012
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Keywords: urban sprawl; open space, growth controls, outdoor recreation

JEL Classification: Q26; R13; R52

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This Paper is published under the following series: SERC Discussion Papers
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Foregone benefits of the open space that is sacrificed through urban sprawl are hard to quantify. We obtain a simple benchmark measure by introducing a demand for trips beyond the urban boundary into the monocentric city model. The externality arises from the increase in travel costs that expansion of the city imposes on its prior inhabitants. An empirical application illustrates the moderate informational requirements. It indicates that open space externalities warrant rather mild restrictions on urban expansion.