The American Journal of Economics and Sociology

The American Journal of Economics and Sociology publishes scholarly essays in the social sciences, with an emphasis on the intersection of sociology and economics. Also included are book reviews and profiles of historical figures.

Articles from Vol. 60, No. 1, January

A City Divided by Political Philosophies: Residential Development in a Bi-Provincial City in Canada
GURA BHARGAVA [*] ABSTRACT. This paper examines the impact of two distinct political ideologies on the development of residential dwellings, particularly single-family residences, in Lloydminster, a bi-provincial city in Canada. Lloydminster is...
A City without Slums: Urban Renewal; Public Housing and Downtown Revitalization in Kansas City, Missouri
KEVIN FOX GOTHAM [*] ABSTRACT. Most scholarly efforts to understand the political economy of postwar urban redevelopment have typically viewed urban renewal and public housing as "housing" programs that originated with the "federal" government....
Agglomeration and Congestion in the Economics of Ideas and Technological Change
ABSTRACT. Urban economists have long recognized that space is economically important. Evidence of the importance of urban agglomeration and the offsetting effects of congestion are provided in a number of studies of productivity and wages. Little attention...
City and Country: Lessons from European Economic Thought
GERRIT MEIJER [*] ABSTRACT. The article concerns some European thought on the issue of city and country. We discuss the contributions of Henri von Storch, Gustav von Schmoller, Werner Sombart, Wilhelm Ropke, and Friedrich Hayek and attempt to translate...
Coordinating Opposite Approaches to Managing Urban Growth and Curbing Sprawl A Synthesis
THOMAS L. DANIELS [*] ABSTRACT. The purchase of development rights to farmland and open space has recently gained in popularity as a growth management tool. A purchase of development rights program pays the landowner for the unearned increment in...
Edge Cities and the Viability of Metropolitan Economies: Contributions to Flexibility and External Linkages by New Urban Service Environments
YOSRA A. MCKEE [*] ABSTRACT. Economists have had little to say concerning the impact of Edge Cities in metropolitan complexes, much less about how they relate to the economy in general. The present paper is aimed at those concerns. It begins with...
Editor's Introduction
This group of essays and case studies was gathered in two steps. First, during the Fall of 1999, a call for papers was circulated electronically and also published in a number of important scholarly journals. The net was cast wide so as to recruit...
Henry George and Classical Growth Theory: A Significant Contribution to Modeling Scale Economies
JOHN K. WHITAKER [*] ABSTRACT. It is widely recognized that the analysis of economic growth in Henry George's Progress and Poverty was considerably influenced by the British classical tradition, especially the writings of Adam Smith, David Ricardo,...
International Sister-Cities: Bridging the Global-Local Divide
ANN DUPUIS [*] ABSTRACT. With the demise of the sharp urban-rural divide as a framework for urban analyses, debates have arisen regarding the utility of the city as a theoretically significant construct. Recently however, the growing emphasis on...
Leapfrogging, Urban Sprawl, and Growth Management: Phoenix, 1950-2000
CAROL E. HEIM [*] ABSTRACT. Through a case study of Phoenix, Arizona, this paper examines how urban sprawl is linked to opportunities for capital gains. It focuses on "leapfrogging," in which developers skip over properties to obtain land at a lower...
Making the Country Work for the City: Von Thunen's Ideas in Geography, Agricultural Economics and the Sociology of Agriculture
E. MELANIE DUPUIS [*] ABSTRACT. Geography, as the discipline responsible for describing the organization of space, has developed several ways of dealing with the phenomenon of the central city and its surrounding hinterlands. One of the most prominent...
Manufacturing and Rural Economies in the United States: The Role of Nondurable Producers, Labor Costs and State Taxes
MARK JELAVICH [*] ABSTRACT. This paper investigates the preferences of manufacturers in deciding whether to locate in metropolitan or nonmetropolitan (rural) areas. Using 1997 state-level data and OLS regression estimation, it was determined that...
Modeling Agglomeration and Dispersion in City and Country: Gunnar Myrdal, Francois Perroux, and the New Economic Geography
STEPHEN J. MEARDON [*] ABSTRACT. The "new economic geography" is a recent body of literature that seeks to explain how resources and production come to be concentrated spatially for reasons other than the standard "geographic" ones. Unlike alternative...
The Completely Decentralized City: The Case for Benefits Based Public Finance
FRED E. FOLDVARY [*] ABSTRACT. An alternative to centralized top-down city governance is a multi-level bottom-up structure based on small neighborhood contractual communities. This paper analyzes the voting rules and public finances of decentralized,...
The Structure of Sprawl: Identifying and Characterizing Employment Centers in Polycentric Metropolitan Areas
WILLIAM T. BOGART [*] ABSTRACT. This paper applies a consistent framework to four comparably sized metropolitan areas to identify and characterize their employment centers. Employment centers are identified as places that exceed a threshold employment...
Value Capture as a Policy Tool in Transportation Economics: An Exploration in Public Finance in the Tradition of Henry George
H. WILLIAM BATT [*] ABSTRACT. Value capture is a means by which to finance capital infrastructure, particularly transportation services, in a way that allows for efficient economic performance, simple administration, financial justice, and social...
Zipf's Law for Cities and Beyond: The Case of Denmark
THORNBJORN KNUDSEN [*] ABSTRACT. Zipf's law for cities is one of the most conspicuous and robust empirical facts in the social sciences. It says that for most countries, the size distribution of cities must fit the power law: the number of cities...