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Social Interactions and the Effectiveness of Urban Policies


  • Santiago M. Pinto

    (Research Department, Federal Reerve Bank of Richmond)


Why does the implementation of urban policies with similar characteristics achieve disparate results? Why do the same policies work in certain social and economic environments, but not in others? What are the reasons explaining the varied outcomes? This presentation claims that social interactions, including neighborhood and network effects, may play a key role at explaining the effectiveness of urban policies. It is argued that the availability of new and better information, such as recent data obtained from social experiments, might provide new insights on how non-market interactions may condition policy interventions in an urban setting.

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  • Santiago M. Pinto, 2016. "Social Interactions and the Effectiveness of Urban Policies," The Review of Regional Studies, Southern Regional Science Association, vol. 46(2), pages 117-126, Summer.
  • Handle: RePEc:rre:publsh:v46:y:2016:i:2:p:117-126

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    Cited by:

    1. Jason Winfree & Philip Watson, 2021. "Buy Local and Social Interaction," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, John Wiley & Sons, vol. 103(4), pages 1454-1477, August.

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    social interaction; urban; place-based; people-based; MTO;
    All these keywords.

    JEL classification:

    • R28 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Government Policy
    • R38 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Real Estate Markets, Spatial Production Analysis, and Firm Location - - - Government Policy
    • P46 - Political Economy and Comparative Economic Systems - - Other Economic Systems - - - Consumer Economics; Health; Education and Training; Welfare, Income, Wealth, and Poverty


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