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Title:Commuting, externalities, and the geographical sizes of metropolitan areas PDF Logo
Authors:Bode, Eckhardt
Issue Date:2006
Series/Report no.:Kieler Arbeitspapiere 1289
Abstract:The paper proposes an econometric approach for quantifying jointly the geographical scope of commuting as well as the various forms of agglomeration economies originating from metropolitan centers. Adopting an urban economics perspective, and using land prices to measure their aggregate effects, the approach estimates the geographical reach of commuting and urban externalities from a hierarchical system of gradient functions. The results for West German NUTS3 regions indicate that metropolitan areas may be larger than suggested by MSA classifications based on commuting only. Metropolitan subcenters are found to enlarge metropolitan areas significantly.
Subjects:Urban economics
Commuting
Agglomeration economies
Land price gradient
Urban fringe
Germany
JEL:R14
C21
C52
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Publikationen von Forscherinnen und Forschern des IfW
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