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Title: ECONOMICS OF CONSUMER CITIES
Authors: ZHANG BOCHAO
Keywords: social welfare, skill disparity, income sorting, house price dispersion, taste for variety, consumer cities
Issue Date: 29-Jul-2016
Source: ZHANG BOCHAO (2016-07-29). ECONOMICS OF CONSUMER CITIES. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: During past decades, big cities are gaining importance in offering consumption amenities. Recent literature documents the rise of "consumer cities", where the rich workers live in the central city, even though they work in suburbs. Although big cities are becoming the hubs for consumption amenities, some important research questions remain unanswered. In this thesis, we try to address some of them: how does the rise of “consumer cities” affect people’s location choice across cities? How does it affect land use and urban structure? What are its implications for social welfare and inequality? How do fundamental factors, such as land supply, affect the rise of “consumer cities”? We contribute to the literature by focusing on the advantages of big cities in providing more diversified local service goods, while most of the previous studies only emphasize the advantage of big cities in improving productivity in manufacturing sector.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/135476
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