ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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More FSI, More Welfare?

The World Bank has been pressing for removal of restrictions on floor space index (or at least its considerable relaxation) in the inner parts of Mumbai and Bangalore. This article considers the monocentric-city model on which the argument for lifting restrictions is based, and finds the model is oversimplifi ed and negligent of important relevant parameters. There are a number of other arguments which also contest the recommendation that a blanket raising of FSI in the inner cities would result in an overall welfare gain.



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