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Urban sprawl occurrence under spatially varying agricultural amenities

Lookup NU author(s): Thomas Coisnon, Professor Walid Oueslati


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This paper presents a spatially explicit model to examine the importance of agricultural amenities as a determinant of the urban and suburban spatial structures. By introducing endogenous agricultural amenities into the classical monocentric model, we provide an intuitive explanation of leapfrog development. We show how urban development patterns highly depend on the intensity of surrounding farms and their ability to produce amenities. We also show that, even in the absence of a particular landscape feature or any exogenous source of amenities, fragmented urban sprawl is a natural development pattern for a city surrounded by a spatially varying agricultural environment. (C) 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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Author(s): Coisnon T, Oueslati W, Salanie J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Regional Science and Urban Economics

Year: 2014

Volume: 44

Pages: 38-49

Print publication date: 01/01/2014

ISSN (print): 0166-0462

ISSN (electronic): 1879-2308

Publisher: Elsevier


DOI: 10.1016/j.regsciurbeco.2013.11.001


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