Organization of Land Surrounding Airports: The Case of the Aerotropolis

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We analyze 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 con- sumers compete for land. The theoretical setting iden- tifies an aerotropolis (airport city) as a land equilib- rium outcome characterized by the following spatial sequence: services area, commercial area, residential area. Using data on the distribution of establishments in the United States, we analyze the existence and determinants of aeropolitan configurations. Estima- tions performed with parametric methods detect some interesting dynamic patterns affecting the density and distribution of activities around selected U.S. airports.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-81
JournalLand economics : a quarterly journal of planning, housing & public utilities
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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