The elasticity of capital-land substitution in the housing construction sector of a rapidly urbanized city: Evidence from Turkey

Erol I., Güzel A.

Review of Urban and Regional Development Studies, vol.18, no.2, pp.85-101, 2006 (Scopus) identifier


This paper estimates the elasticity of capital-land substitution for the housing market in Ankara, the capital city of Turkey. Using constant elasticity of substitution (CES) and variable elasticity of substitution (VES) production functions and cross-section data, the paper provides new information to compare the housing supply elasticity of Ankara with that of the USA and the UK cases. Our regression results reveal that housing supply in Ankara is highly inelastic due to the uniform construction regime of local authorities. Moreover, we find that there is a considerable spatial differentiation of urban land density measures within the capital city. Because of the incomplete urbanization process, the elasticity of capital-land substitution is significantly higher in the outer parts of the city. © The Applied Regional Science Conference(ARSC)/Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd. 2006.