The Public Finance of Urban Form

John I. Carruthers

in The Oxford Handbook of Urban Planning

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780195374995
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

The Public Finance of Urban Form


This article provides an overview of what is known about the relationship between urban form and public finance. It reviews previous research in a way that integrates work from fields as disparate as public economics and urban design into a cohesive whole, and explains how to adapt traditional models of public finance to incorporate land use, and the kind of strategic interaction which local governments regularly engage in when making both spending and regulatory decisions. The article also describes a behavioral model of public finance.

Keywords: urban form; public finance; public economics; urban design; local governments; regulatory decisions; behavioral model

Article.  10409 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy

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