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Assessing Agglomeration Impacts in Auckland: Phase 2


  • Williamson, John

    (Ascari Partners Ltd)

  • Paling, Richard

    (Richard Paling Consulting Ltd)

  • Staheli, Ramon

    (Ascari Partners Ltd)

  • Waite, David

    () (Ascari Partners Ltd)


Agglomeration effects, or the productivity benefits that stem from high employment densities, are being achieved in Auckland's central business district (CBD). This provides support for Auckland's economic transformation. However, questions remain as to the nature of these effects, and whether other factors may help to explain the CBD's observed productivity premium. Using 2001 census area unit data, this paper examines to what extent the CBD's productivity advantages can be explained by sectoral composition and educational attainment. The major finding is that while sectoral composition and educational attainment appears to contribute to the CBD's strong productivity performance, employment density still provides the major impetus. However, to more effectively assess the robustness of the relationships presented in this paper, further work is required.

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  • Williamson, John & Paling, Richard & Staheli, Ramon & Waite, David, 2008. "Assessing Agglomeration Impacts in Auckland: Phase 2," Occasional Papers 08/6, Ministry of Economic Development, New Zealand.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:nzmedo:2008_006

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    Cited by:

    1. Maré, David C. & Graham, Daniel J., 2013. "Agglomeration elasticities and firm heterogeneity," Journal of Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 75(C), pages 44-56.
    2. David C. Maré & Daniel J. Graham, 2009. "Agglomeration Elasticities in New Zealand," Working Papers 09_06, Motu Economic and Public Policy Research.
    3. David C. Maré & Andrew Coleman, 2011. "Patterns of business location in Auckland," Working Papers 11_08, Motu Economic and Public Policy Research.

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    agglomeration; sectors; education;

    JEL classification:

    • O18 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Urban, Rural, Regional, and Transportation Analysis; Housing; Infrastructure


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