Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/42232
Authors: 
Ahlfeldt, Gabriel M.
Wendland, Nicolai
Year of Publication: 
2008
Series/Report no.: 
Hamburg contemporary economic discussions 23
Abstract: 
As the first to use an archival data set on historical land values of Berlin, Germany, from 1890 to 1936, we exploit exogenous variation in transport technology in order to test the validity of the monocentric city model. Endogenously determining the CBD, we conduct cross-section and timedifference analysis and model the land gradient in terms of straight-line distance and travel times. A counterfactual scenario indicates that a large proportion of urban decentralization is attributable to improvements in transport infrastructure. Controlling for spatial dependency, results suggest that the monocentric model fitted the city structure until the mid 20th century.
Subjects: 
Transport Innovations
Land Values
Location Productivity
Economic History
JEL: 
N7
N9
R33
O12
ISBN: 
978-3-940369-61-1
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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