Issues in Urban Economics: Based on Papers Presented at a Conference

Issues in Urban Economics: Based on Papers Presented at a Conference

Issues in Urban Economics: Based on Papers Presented at a Conference

Issues in Urban Economics: Based on Papers Presented at a Conference

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An infant among the traditional interests of economists, urban economics has a special need to identify what is germane to its special involvement with the city. Thus, the mission of this volume is to establish benchmarks at the outer limits of what is known in the hope that scholars will be stimulated to venture beyond them.

The book climaxes eight years of effort by the Committee on Urban Economics of Resources for the Future, Inc., to advance the field of urban economics. The Committee consists of university scholars and researchers in economics and the other social sciences who have been concerned with urban problems for many years. On one level it has sought to provide intellectual leadership for the more rapid development of the field; on another it has channeled funds for fellowships, research, conferences, and various overhead activities to build up the necessary "infrastructure." Moved by a sense of timeliness, the Committee has endeavored in this volume to capture the state of urban economics as it existed in 1967, but even more, to propagate the excitement of what is to be discovered in the coming years that can change the nature of cities. And for the great majority of us the city is the primal environmental fact of our lives.

Members of the Committee, joined by other interested scholars, prepared the papers in this volume. They were first presented at a conference held in Washington, D.C., in January 1967, to elicit critical review of the authors' appraisals of their sectors of the field and to introduce the viewpoints of other scholars. In our estimation, the papers, along with the viewpoints of their discussants, have provided an uncommonly clear view of this field and, more importantly, of its scholarly potential.

This book should be of particular interest not only to undergraduate and graduate students of economics, but also to those in other social sciences who are exploring for the first time the economic dimensions of urban growth and change. With this in mind, the volume is designed to provide (1) a broad overview of the state of the arts, in its introduction; (2) a more intensive description of the key areas of urban economics, in the papers and comments; and (3) clear paths into the literature that has accumulated in the areas, in the form of selected readings appended to each paper.

HARVEY S. PERLOFF and LOWDON WINGO, JR.

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