Necessity of minimum floor area ratio regulation: A second-best policy

Tatsuhito Kono, Takayuki Kaneko, Hisa Morisugi

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This article examines where and how to impose floor area ratio (FAR) regulations in the presence of negative externalities engendered in population density, e. g., traffic congestion and noise, using a simple static closed city model. Results indicate that FAR regulation is the second-best policy and that there is a need for "minimum FAR regulations," in addition to the currently used "maximum FAR regulations." Thus, the imposition of only maximum FAR regulations, a practice common in actual city planning, is concluded to be insufficient for a closed city.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)523-539
Number of pages17
JournalAnnals of Regional Science
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Jun

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)


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