The Effects of Economic Policy on Patterns of Land Use

  • David E. Dowall


This chapter explores the variety of effects that economic policy has on land use patterns. Federal policies aimed at achieving economic growth, stability, economic welfare, and economic efficiency are outlined, and the unintended and instrumental impacts of these policies on land use patterns are identified. Several examples of federal policies are used to illustrate land use impacts: urban renewal, highway programs, Federally Assisted Code Enforcement, and monetary and fiscal policies. The chapter concludes by arguing that, regardless of whether economic policies generate significant instrumental or unintended land use impacts, the net result is an uncoordinated, contradictory, and poorly understood array of policies which shape the process and determine the patterns of land use.


Economic Policy Monetary Policy Fiscal Policy Urban Renewal Federal Policy 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • David E. Dowall
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    • 2
  1. 1.Department of City and Regional PlanningUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA
  2. 2.Committee on Research and the Institute of Urban and Regional DevelopmentUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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