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Are car-free centers detrimental to the periphery? Evidence from the pedestrianization of the Parisian riverbank

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  • Léa Bou Sleiman

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This paper evaluates the impact of the downtown "Georges Pompidou" riverbank closure in 2016 on the Parisian ring road traffic conditions. Using high-resolution hourly data and a difference-in-difference design, I show that the closure increased the probability of congestion on ring road lanes with the same flow direction as the riverbank by 15%, translating into an additional 2 minutes spent on a 10 km trip. Train use and pollution data suggest that (i) only a small fraction of affected commuters switched to public transportation and (ii) a majority of affected residents suffered from a decrease in air quality.

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  • Léa Bou Sleiman, 2021. "Are car-free centers detrimental to the periphery? Evidence from the pedestrianization of the Parisian riverbank," Working Papers 2021-03, Center for Research in Economics and Statistics.
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