The Annals of Regional Science

, Volume 48, Issue 2, pp 565–594 | Cite as

Cities in Western Europe and the United States: do policy differences matter?

  • Peter GordonEmail author
  • Wendell Cox
Special Issue Paper


Amid concerns of how US cities “sprawl”, it is useful to look at the cities of other developed nations, in particular Western Europe which has attained US-type prosperity, but which is reputed to have cities Americans should look to as a model. We examine recent data which suggest that there are substantial development and transportation similarities between the two groups and that the cities of Western Europe are becoming more like those of the United States.

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R42 R48 R52 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Wendell Cox Consultancy/DemographiaSt. LouisUSA
  3. 3.Conservatoire National des Arts et MetiersParisFrance

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