Category Archives: Cities

Covid-19 and Household Size – An Update

An updated analysis of national data remains consistent with the hypothesis that Covid-19 infection rates are higher in larger households . In a post in May 2020 I presented the results of a regression analysis on data from 14 Western … Continue reading

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Housing Reform in England

Housing in England is under-supplied, resulting in high costs.  The government’s proposed reforms to address the problem are a step in the right direction but do not go nearly far enough. I don’t usually engage in autobiography, but it so … Continue reading

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Urban Wildlife – An Exploration

In many cities around the world, there are wild animal species whose presence is enjoyed by some and a nuisance to others. Management of such species should be informed by economic analysis as well as ecological, ethical and animal welfare … Continue reading

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Housing, Countryside and Economic Welfare

If we can value ecosystem services, then the “housing v countryside” debate can be treated as an optimisation problem. Cities often expand laterally to provide housing for an increasing population. This usually involves a loss of surrounding farmland, woodland, wetlands … Continue reading

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