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Urban growth in Italy : Economic determinants and socio-environmental consequences Capello, Roberta

By: Capello, RobertaPublication details: Umeå Umeå University, 2001; Centre for Regional Science Research, CERUM, ; CERUM report 10:2001, Description: 6.911 BSubject(s): Sweden | Urban area | Urban development | Italy | Economics | Price | Land use | | OdgOnline resources: Publikation/Publication Abstract: The aim of the present paper was to study urban dynamics in Italy and to identify the determinant factors, in order to establish whether an efficient city size exists in terms of both social and environmental advantages associated with urban size. This was achieved by adopting some methodological approaches which were innovative with respect to the traditional econometric analyses used to estimate urban economies or diseconomies of scale. The advantages and costs of urban size were measured through urban rent, and in particular the level of house prices, since these represent a concise indicator of location choices and react rapidly to change. This indicator has been analysed from both a descriptive and interpretative point of view, the latter through the estimate of a time-series cross-section econometric model.
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The aim of the present paper was to study urban dynamics in Italy and to identify the determinant factors, in order to establish whether an efficient city size exists in terms of both social and environmental advantages associated with urban size. This was achieved by adopting some methodological approaches which were innovative with respect to the traditional econometric analyses used to estimate urban economies or diseconomies of scale. The advantages and costs of urban size were measured through urban rent, and in particular the level of house prices, since these represent a concise indicator of location choices and react rapidly to change. This indicator has been analysed from both a descriptive and interpretative point of view, the latter through the estimate of a time-series cross-section econometric model.

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