Did Highways Cause Suburbanization

  title={Did Highways Cause Suburbanization},
  author={Nathaniel Baum-Snow},
  journal={Quarterly Journal of Economics},
Between 1950 and 1990, the aggregate population of central cities in the United States declined by 17 percent despite population growth of 72 percent in metropolitan areas as a whole. This paper assesses the extent to which the construction of new limited access highways has contributed to central city population decline. Using planned portions of the interstate highway system as a source of exogenous variation, empirical estimates indicate that one new highway passing through a central city… 

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