Fifty Years of Urban Accessibility: The Impact of Urban Railway Network on the Land Gradient in Industrializing Berlin
AbstractAs the first to use an archival data set on historical land values of Berlin, Germany, from 1890 to 1936, we exploit exogenous variation in transport technology in order to test the validity of the monocentric city model. Endogenously determining the CBD, we conduct cross-section and timedifference analysis and model the land gradient in terms of straight-line distance and travel times. A counterfactual scenario indicates that a large proportion of urban decentralization is attributable to improvements in transport infrastructure. Controlling for spatial dependency, results suggest that the monocentric model fitted the city structure until the mid 20th century.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Chair for Economic Policy, University of Hamburg in its series Working Papers with number 023.
Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2008
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Publication status: Published in Hamburg Contemporary Economic Discussions, Issue 23, 2008
Transport Innovations; Land Values; Location Productivity; Economic History;
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- Gabriel M. Ahlfeldt & Nicolai Wendland, 2008. "Fifty Years of Urban Accessibility : The Impact of Urban Railway Network on the Land Gradient in Industrializing Berlin," KOF Working papers 08-208, KOF Swiss Economic Institute, ETH Zurich.
- N7 - Economic History - - Economic History: Transport, International and Domestic Trade, Energy, and Other Services
- N9 - Economic History - - Regional and Urban History
- R33 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Real Estate Markets, Production Analysis, and Firm Location - - - Nonagricultural and Nonresidential Real Estate Markets
- O12 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Microeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
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- NEP-ALL-2009-04-05 (All new papers)
- NEP-GEO-2009-04-05 (Economic Geography)
- NEP-HIS-2009-04-05 (Business, Economic & Financial History)
- NEP-URE-2009-04-05 (Urban & Real Estate Economics)
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