Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/25362
Authors: 
Ahlfeldt, Gabriel M.
Year of Publication: 
2008
Series/Report no.: 
Hamburg contemporary economic discussions 19
Abstract: 
While there is an increasing body of literature testing for a correlation between access to regional markets and economic activity, little evidence is available for market access being of causal importance for economic development. This paper investigates the impact of exogenous variation to cities and regions on an urban scale. We study the case of Berlin where the western central business district unexpectedly became disconnected from long-distance railway connections. A combined hedonic and difference-in-difference approach is employed to show that property transaction prices within areas identified to experience a particularly strong decline in accessibility are reduced by approximately 22% after announcement of a new transport plan. We show that this treatment effect is not attributable to effects other than variation of access to cities and regions.
Subjects: 
Market access variation
hedonic model
difference-in-difference
railway system
Berlin
JEL: 
R11
R12
R21
R40
R53
R58
ISBN: 
978-3-940369-51-2
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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