Urban Gradient Over Time: When Population Experiences a Shock

28 Pages Posted: 25 Sep 2018

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Miquel-Àngel Garcia-López

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

Rosella Nicolini

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Josep-Lluís Roig

Autonomous University of Barcelona

Date Written: August 2018

Abstract

This study proposes an empirical analysis to assess the changes recorded by the urban gradient when population size suffers from an important and unexpected shock. To this end, we build an original pseudo-panel covering information for the city of Barcelona from 1902 to 2011. Despite the prediction of canonical theoretical models for monocentric cities, our results identify an increase in the size of the urban gradient due to the reinforcement of the attractiveness of the central business district (CBD) during the period of expansion of the population mostly led by the high-skill and immigrant communities.

Keywords: Urban structure, distance, Central Business District (CBD)

JEL Classification: R14, R30, R40

Suggested Citation

Garcia-López, Miquel-Àngel and Nicolini, Rosella and Roig, Josep-Lluís, Urban Gradient Over Time: When Population Experiences a Shock (August 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3242842 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3242842

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

Josep-Lluís Roig

Autonomous University of Barcelona ( email )

Plaça Cívica
Cerdañola del Valles
Barcelona, Barcelona 08193
Spain

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