Amphitheaters, Cathedrals and Operas: The Role of Historic Amenities on Suburbanization

49 Pages Posted: 17 Sep 2018

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Miquel-Àngel Garcia-López

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

Ilias-Nikiforos Pasidis

University of Barcelona

Elisabet Viladecans-Marsal

University of Barcelona

Date Written: August 2018

Abstract

We estimate the causal effect of highway and railroad improvements on the suburbanization of population in Europe's cities focusing on the role of their historic amenities. Using the variation in the origins and the endowments of these historic amenities in the centers of Europe's cities, our results suggest that the effect of transportation networks on suburbanization was significantly lower in cities with historic amenities. Specifically, cities of Roman, Medieval or Renaissance-Baroque origins that maintained their historical heritage were more resilient to suburbanization caused by highway construction.

Keywords: Architecture, European cities, Historic amenities, suburbanization, Transportation

JEL Classification: O4, R2, R4

Suggested Citation

Garcia-López, Miquel-Àngel and Pasidis, Ilias-Nikiforos and Viladecans-Marsal, Elisabet, Amphitheaters, Cathedrals and Operas: The Role of Historic Amenities on Suburbanization (August 2018). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP13129. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3244501

Miquel-Àngel Garcia-López (Contact Author)

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

Ilias-Nikiforos Pasidis

University of Barcelona ( email )

Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 585
Barcelona, 08007
Spain

Elisabet Viladecans-Marsal

University of Barcelona ( email )

Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 585
Barcelona, 08007
Spain

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