The Rise of the Low Carbon Consumer City
Urban density both facilitates consumption opportunities and encourages individuals to drive less and walk and use public transit more. Using several data sets, we document that high quality of life consumer center cities are low carbon cities. We discuss possible causal channels for this association.
We would like to thank participants in seminars at SJSU, the TRB's "Using National Household Travel Survey Data for Transportation Decision Making" workshop, and the 2011 Southern Economics Association meetings for useful comments. This research was sponsored by Mineta Transportation Institute. We also thank the UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate for generous funding. Any errors are our own. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.