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Explaining Local Growth-Management Policies: The Role of Public Goods

Donna Driscoll1, Dennis Halcoussis1 and Anton D. Lowenberg1
  • 1 California State University, United States


Problem statement: Local jurisdictions such as cities and counties enact a wide variety of growth-management regulations, such as zoning ordinances and growth-promoting incentives. Approach: Use a theory of local public goods to identify the conditions under which jurisdictions are most likely to implement growth-management regulations. Predictions of the theory regarding variation in pro-growth measures across jurisdictions were tested using data on California cities. Results: Communities whose current expenditures on public amenities are high typically have more extensive growth-promoting policies, while communities that already have substantial public infrastructure in place are less likely to implement effective pro-growth measures. Conclusion: These findings suggest that changes in stocks and flows of public goods can be used as predictors of the incidence of growth controls.

American Journal of Economics and Business Administration
Volume 2 No. 1, 2010, 45-55


Submitted On: 29 July 2009 Published On: 31 March 2010

How to Cite: Driscoll, D., Halcoussis, D. & Lowenberg, A. D. (2010). Explaining Local Growth-Management Policies: The Role of Public Goods. American Journal of Economics and Business Administration, 2(1), 45-55.

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  • Local public goods
  • local expenditure
  • public infrastructure
  • land-use regulations