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Author Fischel, William A., author

Title Zoning rules! : the economics of land use regulation / William A. Fischel
Published Cambridge, Massachusetts : Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, [2015]
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 416 pages ): illustrations, maps
Contents Land use and land economics -- The structure and administration of zoning laws -- Judicial supervision of land use regulation -- Fiscal zoning and economists' view of the property tax -- The economic history of zoning -- The Coarse theorem, land use entitlements, and rational government -- Zoning and suburban development -- The politics and economics of metropolitan sprawl -- Remedial strategies for excess regulation
Summary "Zoning has for a century enabled cities to chart their own course. It is a useful and popular institution, enabling homeowners to protect their main investment and provide safe neighborhoods. As home values have soared in recent years, however, this protection has accelerated to the degree that new housing development has become unreasonably difficult and costly. The widespread Not In My Backyard (NIMBY) syndrome is driven by voters’ excessive concern about their home values and creates barriers to growth that reach beyond individual communities. The barriers contribute to suburban sprawl, entrench income and racial segregation, retard regional immigration to the most productive cities, add to national wealth inequality, and slow the growth of the American economy. Some state, federal, and judicial interventions to control local zoning have done more harm than good. More effective approaches would moderate voters’ demand for local-land use regulation—by, for example, curtailing federal tax subsidies to owner-occupied housing"--Publisher's description
Notes "Successor to [the author's] The economics of zoning laws (1985)"--Page ix
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 369-399) and index
Notes Description based on print version record
Subject Land use -- United States
Urban economics
Zoning law -- Economic aspects -- United States
Zoning -- United States
Form Electronic book
Author Fischel, William A. Economics of zoning laws
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, issuing body
ISBN 1558443290 (electronic bk.)
9781558443297 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles Economics of land use regulation