Delineating Metropolitan Areas Using Land Prices

33 Pages Posted: 11 Jan 2008

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Eckhardt Bode

Kiel Institute for the World Economy

Date Written: 2007-07


This paper proposes an approach to delineating metropolitan areas that is more general than the standard approaches in three respects: First, it uses the fraction of land prices attributable to economies of urban agglomeration instead of using commuting intensities as an indicator of economic integration between metropolitan centers and their hinterlands. Second, it identifies metropolitan centers endogenously instead of determining them exogenously. And third, it takes metropolitan sub-centers explicitly into account. An empirical illustration is used to show that the approach tends to delineate fewer but larger metropolitan areas in densely populated regions, and smaller metropolitan areas in sparsely populated regions.

Suggested Citation

Bode, Eckhardt, Delineating Metropolitan Areas Using Land Prices (2007-07). Journal of Regional Science, Vol. 48, Issue 1, pp. 131-163, February 2008. Available at SSRN: or

Eckhardt Bode (Contact Author)

Kiel Institute for the World Economy ( email )

P.O. Box 4309
Kiel, Schleswig-Hosltein D-24100

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