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Main Title: Municipal policies accelerated urban sprawl and public debts in Spain
Author(s): Fernandez Milan, Blanca
Creutzig, Felix
Type: Article
Language Code: en
Is Part Of: 10.14279/depositonce-5521
Abstract: Urban form and resource consumption co-evolve dynamically with public finances. While in compact urban settlements public service is provided more efficiently, and in larger amounts per surface area, sprawled developments often translate into larger marginal infrastructure investments, and into higher rates of consumption of resources per capita: land, raw materials, and transport fuels. Yet the relationship between municipal tax policies, rapid urban land consumption and municipal debts is poorly understood. In this paper we first scrutinize the relationship between urban sprawl and municipal deficits in Spain, and contextualize this development in the European situation. We then investigate statistically how urban economic drivers and municipal policies influence sprawling patterns, municipal debt and location values, demonstrating that local interventions jointly influence all three variables and that location value taxes can reduce both sprawl and debts. The linkages between local decisions and global land markets deserve further scrutiny.
Issue Date: 2016
Date Available: 8-Mar-2017
DDC Class: 330 Wirtschaft
Subject(s): urban sprawl
local finances
municipal land use planning
property tax
Journal Title: Land Use Policy
Publisher: Elsevier
Publisher Place: Amsterdam [u. a.]
Volume: 54
Publisher DOI: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2016.01.009
Page Start: 103
Page End: 115
EISSN: 0264-8377
Appears in Collections:FG Städtebau und Urbanisierung » Publications

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