Project #1: Are People More Productive in Compact Cities? Not in Mexico
Existing empirical studies on urban spatial structure and economic productivity, almost exclusively from Europe and the United States, find that people working in denser and more compact cities tend to be more productive. This study finds that in Mexico the opposite is true. Sprawling cities are more productive. We argue that this is due to the fact that land-intensive manufacturing jobs are much more productive in Mexico than the service sector.
Project #2: Baseline Study of Land Markets in and Around Mexico City’s Former and New International Airport
This project, funded by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy with the Secretary of Economic Development of Mexico City, is an effort to gather various sources of data on land and property values in Mexico City in order to assist the city government implement a land value capture program. The program is focused on land near the International Airport because a new airport is being built, and the existing site will be redeveloped.
Paavo Monkkonen (2016): Are civil-law notaries rent-seeking monopolists or essential market intermediaries? Endogenous development of a property rights institution in Mexico, The Journal of Peasant Studies, DOI: 10.1080/03066150.2016.1216983
Monkkonen, P. Where do Property Rights Matter More? Explaining the Variation in Demand for Property Titles across Cities in Mexico, World Development (2016), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2016.07.013