Organization of Land Surrounding Airports: The Case of the Aerotropolis

31 Pages Posted: 20 Dec 2013 Last revised: 23 Dec 2013

Ricardo Flores-Fillol

Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV)

Miquel-Àngel Garcia-López

Autonomous University of Barcelona; University of Barcelona - Institut d'Economia de Barcelona (IEB)

Rosella Nicolini

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Date Written: December 18, 2013

Abstract

This paper analyzes the conditions driving the organization of the territory near airports by studying the distribution of economic activities. We consider how commercial firms, service operators, and consumers compete for land. The theoretical setting provides a grid of possible spatial structures in accordance with the degree of competition among agents. An aerotropolis (airport city) appears when the spatial sequence services area - commercial area - residential area arises as the land equilibrium outcome. Using data on the distribution of establishments in the United States (US), we analyze the existence and determinants of aeropolitan configurations. Estimations performed with parametric methods detect some interesting dynamic patterns affecting the density and distribution of activities around selected US airports.

Keywords: Aerotropolis; bid-rent function; firm activity; parametric estimation.

JEL Classification: R12, R15, L90

Suggested Citation

Flores-Fillol, Ricardo and Garcia-López, Miquel-Àngel and Nicolini, Rosella, Organization of Land Surrounding Airports: The Case of the Aerotropolis (December 18, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2369467 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2369467

Ricardo Flores-Fillol

Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV) ( email )

Dept. d'Economia (office 310), FCEE
Avinguda de la Universitat 1
Reus, Tarragona 43204
Spain
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Miquel-Àngel Garcia-López

Autonomous University of Barcelona ( email )

Plaça Cívica
Cerdañola del Valles
Barcelona, Barcelona 08193
Spain

University of Barcelona - Institut d'Economia de Barcelona (IEB) ( email )

Barcelona

Rosella Nicolini (Contact Author)

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona ( email )

Edifici B
Campus UAB
Bellaterra, Barcelona 08193
Spain

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