Geography Of A Sports Metropolis
AbstractThis study analyzes the sports infrastructure of Hamburg, Germany, from the residents’ perspective. Empirical evidence is provided using a micro-level dataset of 1,319 sports facilities, which is merged with highly disaggregated data on population, socio-demographic characteristics and land values. Based on implicit travel costs, locations’ endowment of sports infrastructure is captured by potentiality variables, while accounting for natural and unnatural barriers. Given potential demand, central areas are found to be relatively underprovided with a sports infrastructure compared to peripheral areas where opportunity cost in the form of price of land is lower. The determinants of spatial distribution vary systematically across types of sports facilities. Publicly provided open sports fields and sports halls tend to be concentrated in areas of relatively low income which is in line with their social infrastructure character, emphasized by local authorities. In contrast, there is a clear tendency for market allocated tennis facilities to follow purchasing power. Areas with higher proportions of foreigners are subject to relatively lower provision of a sports infrastructure, which contradicts the stated ambitions of planning authorities.
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Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by Region et Developpement, LEAD, Universite du Sud - Toulon Var in its journal Région et Développement.
Volume (Year): 31 (2010)
Issue (Month): ()
PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE; SPORTS FACILITIES; SPORTS GEOGRAPHY;
Other versions of this item:
- Gabriel Ahlfeldt & Arne Feddersen, 2007. "Geography of a Sports Metropolis," Working Papers 015, Chair for Economic Policy, University of Hamburg.
- Gabriel M. Ahlfeldt & Arne Feddersen, 2008. "Geography of a Sports Metropolis," Working Papers 0834, International Association of Sports Economists & North American Association of Sports Economists.
- Gabriel M. Ahlfeldt & Arne Feddersen, 2010. "Geography of a sports metropolis," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 29080, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
- Gabriel M. Ahlfeldt & Arne Feddersen, 2008. "Geography of a Sports Metropolis," IASE Conference Papers 0802, International Association of Sports Economists.
- H4 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods
- R53 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Public Facility Location Analysis; Public Investment and Capital Stock
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