Highly Disaggregated Land Unavailability

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Using high resolution satellite imagery data and GIS software, we compute the percentage of undevelopable land -- Land Unavailability -- at levels high levels of geographic disaggregation down to the zip code level. Our Land Unavailability measure expands on the popular proxy from Saiz (2010) by (1) using higher resolution satellite imagery from the USGS; (2) more accurate geographic boundaries; and (3) multiple levels of disaggregation.

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