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Intrametropolitan Location and Office Market Dynamics


  • John Clapp
  • Henry O. Pollakowski
  • Lloyd Lynford


Theory and evidence point to interdependency between office location decisions and dynamic growth paths. For example, clerical and administrative support employees are suburbanizing relatively rapidly in most markets in response to changes in technology and transportation. This paper tests the hypothesis that both cross-sectional and dynamic variables are important determinants of dynamic patterns and office market forecasts.County Business Patterns data at the county and town levels indicate substantial spatial specialization (i.e., agglomeration) by type of office activity. But these agglomerations do shift over time, as indicated by the maintained hypothesis. Our econometric estimates suggest that the demand for office space in submarkets is responsive to agglomerations by type of industry as well as to growth in FIRE employment. The supply of office space is responsive to lagged expected demand. Copyright American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association.

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  • John Clapp & Henry O. Pollakowski & Lloyd Lynford, 1992. "Intrametropolitan Location and Office Market Dynamics," Real Estate Economics, American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association, vol. 20(2), pages 229-258.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:reesec:v:20:y:1992:i:2:p:229-258

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    1. Landis, John & Loutzenheiser, David, 1995. "BART Access and Office Building Performance," University of California Transportation Center, Working Papers qt6pn3g1kk, University of California Transportation Center.
    2. Robin A. Howarth & Emil E. Malizia, 1998. "Office Market Analysis: Improving Best-Practice Techniques," Journal of Real Estate Research, American Real Estate Society, vol. 16(1), pages 15-34.
    3. Sofia Dermisi, 2005. "Industry location patterns in metropolitan area office markets - Central Business Districts versus suburbs," Urban/Regional 0509007, EconWPA.
    4. Jacques Gordon & Paige MosbaughTodd Canter & Todd Canter, 1996. "Integrating Regional Economic Indicators with the Real Estate Cycle," Journal of Real Estate Research, American Real Estate Society, vol. 12(3), pages 469-501.
    5. Jean-Jacques Grannelle, 1996. "Le marché des bureaux. Une revue des modèles économétriques," Revue de l'OFCE, Programme National Persée, vol. 59(1), pages 167-211.

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