Pierre-Philippe Combes, GATE Lyon Saint-Etienne: The Costs of Agglomeration: House and Land Prices in French Cities

OFS seminar. Pierre-Philippe Combes is a Research Professor at GATE Lyon Saint-Etienne. He will present a paper entitled "The Costs of Agglomeration: House and Land Prices in French Cities", co-authored by Gilles Duranton and Laurent Gobillon.

Photo of Pierre-Philippe Combes

Pierre-Philippe Combes. Photo: GATE Lyon Saint-Etienne.


We develop a new methodology to estimate the elasticity of urban costs with respect to city population using French house and land price data. After handling a number of estimation concerns, we find that the elasticity of urban cost increases with city population with an estimate of about 0.03 for an urban area with 100,000 inhabitants to 0.08 for an urban area of the size of Paris. Our approach also yields a number of intermediate outputs of independent interest such as the share of housing in expenditure, the elasticity of unit house and land prices with respect to city population, and distance gradients for house and land prices.

Read the paper here (.pdf)


Host: Edwin Leuven

Published Feb. 7, 2018 4:31 PM - Last modified Jan. 17, 2019 1:17 PM