A Reconsideration of Urban Rents and Commuting

  • Martin J. Beckmann


High housing rents and long hours spent in commuting are the banes of modem life in large urban areas. In many cities the rent level is giving rise to serious social concerns. In order to address this problem urban economic theory should at the very least explain the determination of these rents (Fujita, 1989). In fact, the popular monocentric city model does just that, but for cities of medium size. In a large metropolis, there is no single centre. Some decentralization occurs in response to what otherwise would be intolerable crowding at a single centre. What is needed is a model of commuting (and other travel) in a metropolitan area with multiple centres. In this paper, we propose to adapt and develop the continuous model of transportation (Beckmann, 1952, Beckmann and Puu, 1987) to this end.


Residential Location Household Type Housing Rent Large Urban Area Locational Advantage 
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