Normal view MARC view ISBD view

City economics / Brendan O'Flaherty.

By: O'Flaherty, Brendan.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts. : Harvard University Press, 2005Description: xii, 587 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.ISBN: 0674019180 (hbk.); 9780674019188 (hbk.).Subject(s): Urban economics | Urban policy | Sociology, UrbanDDC classification: 330.91732 OFL Online resources: Table of contents
Contents:
1. Introduction 2. Why proximity is good 3. Cars, pollution, and accidents 4. Congestion 5. Mass transit 6. Land 7. Too many cars? too much lawn? too much blight? 8. Rules 9. Water, sewers, fire, and garbage 10. Education 11. Race and space 12. Race and policy 13. Housing : the big picture 14. Housing and poor people 15. Homelessness 16. Crime 17. Drugs, guns, and alcohol 18. Urban economic development.
Summary: "This introductory but innovative textbook on the economics of cities is aimed at students of urban and regional policy as well as of undergraduate economics. It deals with standard topics, including automobiles, mass transit, pollution, housing, and education, but it also discusses nonstandard topics such as segregation, water supply, sewers, garbage, fire prevention, housing codes, homelessness, crime, illicit drugs, and economic development.". "Its methods of analysis are primarily verbal, geometric, and arithmetic. The author achieves coherence by showing how the analyses of various topics reinforce one another. Thus buses can tell us something about schools and optimal tolls about land prices. Brendan O'Flaherty looks at almost everything through the lens of Pareto optimality and potential Pareto optimality - how policies affect people and their well-being, not abstract entities such as cities or the economy or growth or the environment. Such traditionalism leads to radical questions, however: Should cities have police and fire departments? Should tax preferences for home ownership be repealed? Should public schools charge for their services? O'Flaherty also gives serious consideration to such heterodox policies as pay-at-the-pump auto insurance, curb rights for buses, land taxes, marginal cost water pricing, and sidewalk zoning."--BOOK JACKET.
Tags from this library: No tags from this library for this title. Log in to add tags.
    average rating: 0.0 (0 votes)
Item type Current location Call number Status Date due Barcode
Book Book Indian Institute for Human Settlements, Bangalore
330.91732 OFL 004565 (Browse shelf) Available 004565

Includes bibliographical references and index.

1. Introduction
2. Why proximity is good
3. Cars, pollution, and accidents
4. Congestion
5. Mass transit
6. Land
7. Too many cars? too much lawn? too much blight?
8. Rules
9. Water, sewers, fire, and garbage
10. Education
11. Race and space
12. Race and policy
13. Housing : the big picture
14. Housing and poor people
15. Homelessness
16. Crime
17. Drugs, guns, and alcohol
18. Urban economic development.

"This introductory but innovative textbook on the economics of cities is aimed at students of urban and regional policy as well as of undergraduate economics. It deals with standard topics, including automobiles, mass transit, pollution, housing, and education, but it also discusses nonstandard topics such as segregation, water supply, sewers, garbage, fire prevention, housing codes, homelessness, crime, illicit drugs, and economic development.".
"Its methods of analysis are primarily verbal, geometric, and arithmetic. The author achieves coherence by showing how the analyses of various topics reinforce one another. Thus buses can tell us something about schools and optimal tolls about land prices. Brendan O'Flaherty looks at almost everything through the lens of Pareto optimality and potential Pareto optimality - how policies affect people and their well-being, not abstract entities such as cities or the economy or growth or the environment. Such traditionalism leads to radical questions, however: Should cities have police and fire departments? Should tax preferences for home ownership be repealed? Should public schools charge for their services? O'Flaherty also gives serious consideration to such heterodox policies as pay-at-the-pump auto insurance, curb rights for buses, land taxes, marginal cost water pricing, and sidewalk zoning."--BOOK JACKET.

There are no comments for this item.

Log in to your account to post a comment.
Hit Counter
//]]>