The Path of the Law: An Econometric Analysis of Ontario Municipal Board Decisions on Land Severance Appeals

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The Path of the Law: An Econometric Analysis of Ontario Municipal Board Decisions on Land Severance Appeals

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dc.contributor.advisor Ker, Alan
dc.contributor.advisor Deaton, Brady
dc.contributor.author Guillemette, Ann-Renee
dc.date 2012-05-18
dc.date.accessioned 2012-05-28T17:42:11Z
dc.date.available 2012-05-28T17:42:11Z
dc.date.issued 2012-05-28
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/3686
dc.description.abstract The Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) is a provincial land use planning and development appeal board. The powers of the board are vast in comparison to other land appeal boards in Canada. One of the most frequent appeals that the OMB adjudicates emerges from disputes between municipalities and landowners (or other members of the public) regarding the severance of land. In this thesis I empirically examine factors that influence OMB decisions. More specifically, I model the decision of an OMB adjudicator to affirm, or overturn, the decision of the municipality with regards to severance appeals. The explanatory variables include characterizations of the adjudicator – e.g., professional background, gender, experience, etc. – as well as characterizations of the OMB hearing – e.g., the number of participants (public and professional), etc. The empirical analysis allows for a better understanding of theoretical issues in the law-economic literature concerning judicial utility functions and the extent to which judges take into consideration their public and peer reputation (Posner, 1993). en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Land Planning en_US
dc.subject Ontario Municipal Board en_US
dc.subject Law en_US
dc.subject Decision Making en_US
dc.subject Judicial Utility en_US
dc.subject Severance en_US
dc.subject Econometric en_US
dc.title The Path of the Law: An Econometric Analysis of Ontario Municipal Board Decisions on Land Severance Appeals en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Food, Agriculture and Resource Economics en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Science en_US
dc.degree.department Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics en_US


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