Urban spatial structure, agglomeration economies, and economic growth in Barcelona: An intra-metropolitan perspective

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Abstract

This paper presents an intra-metropolitan approach to analyse the impact of urban spatial structure on local economic growth. Focusing on the Barcelona metropolitan region (BMR) between 1986 and 2001, we estimate a municipal employment growth model in which dynamic agglomeration economies related to urban spatial structure are considered using distance to employment centres, to assess metropolitan effects, and distance-weighted variables, to measure neighbourhood effects. The results obtained show the existence of neighbourhood specialization economies and metropolitan urbanization-localization economies fostering local growth. All of this leads to the paper's main conclusion: urban spatial structure is important for economic growth in an intra-metropolitan context. © 2011 The Author(s). Papers in Regional Science © 2011 RSAI.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)515-534
JournalPapers in Regional Science
Volume92
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2013

Keywords

  • Agglomeration economies
  • Employment growth
  • Intra-metropolitan localization
  • L60
  • R11
  • R12
  • R14
  • R30
  • Urban spatial structure

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