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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Distributive Politics Inside the City? The Political Economy of Spain's Plan E Felipe Carozzi and Luca Repetto
February 2017
Paper No' SERCDP0212:
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JEL Classification: R53; H76; D72


Tags: political economy; distributive politics; core voters; turnout; partisan alignment

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Airports, Market Access and Local Economic Performance: Evidence from China Stephen Gibbons and Wenjie Wu
February 2017
Paper No' SERCDP0211:
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JEL Classification: H54; O21; P25; R41


Tags: airports; infrastructure; productivity; china

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
The Economic Effects of Density: A Synthesis Gabriel M. Ahlfeldt and Elisabetta Pietrostefani
January 2017
Paper No' SERCDP0210:
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JEL Classification: R38; R52; R58


Tags: compact; city; density; meta-analysis; elasticity; urban

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
The Stimulative Effect of an Unconditional Block Grant on the Decentralized Provision of Care Mark Kattenberg and Wouter Vermeulen November 2016
Paper No' SERCDP0209:
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JEL Classification: H42; H51; H71; H75


Tags: intergovernmental transfers; flypaper effect; decentralization of health care

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
East Side Story: Historical Pollution and Persistent Neighborhood Sorting Stephan Heblich, Alex Trew and Yanos Zylberberg
November 2016
Paper No' SERCDP0208:
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JEL Classification: R23; Q53; N90


Tags: neighborhood sorting; historical pollution; deprivation; persistence; environmental disamenity

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Fear of Fracking? The Impact of the Shale Gas Exploration on House Prices in Britain Steve Gibbons, Stephan Heblich, Esther Lho and Christopher Timmins October 2016
Paper No' SERCDP0207:
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JEL Classification: Q5; Q42; Q51


Tags: shale gas; fracturing; property valuation; housing prices; consumer expectation; hedonic price; united kingdom

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Austerity States, Institutional Dismantling and the Governance of Sub-National Economic Development: The Demise of the Regional Development Agencies in England Mike Coombes, Peter O'Brien, Andy Pike and John Tomaney August 2016
Paper No' SERCDP0206:
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JEL Classification: H70; O10; O20; R58


Tags: austerity; institutions; the state; governance; economic development; regional development agencies; england

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Traffic Externalities and Housing Prices: Evidence from the London Congestion Charge Cheng Keat Tang
August 2016
Paper No' SERCDP0205:
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JEL Classification: R21; R31; R38; R41; Q25


Tags: housing prices; capitalization effects; congestion charge; traffic externalities; marginal willingness to pay; difference-in-difference

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
The Housing Market Impacts of Constraining Second Home Investments Christian A. L. Hilber and Olivier Schöni
August 2016
Paper No' SERCDP0204:
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JEL Classification: D63; G12; R11; R21; R31; R52


Tags: second homes; wealth inequality; land use regulation; house prices; homeownership; real estate investments

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Impact of Structural Reforms on Regional Growth: Distance to the Frontier Matters Sabine D'Costa, Enrique Garcilazo and Joaquim Oliveira Martins July 2016
Paper No' SERCDP0203:
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JEL Classification: R11; R58; O18


Tags: structural reforms; regional growth; lagging regions

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
The Preservation of Historic Districts - Is it Worth it? Sevrin Waights
July 2016
Paper No' SERCDP0202:
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JEL Classification: H89; L51; L74; D62; R21; R31; R38; R52; R58


Tags: housing; planning; regulation; historic preservation; construction; land

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
The Geography of City Liveliness and Land Use Configurations: Evidence from Location-Based Big Data in Beijing Chengyu Li, Mark Wang, Jianghao Wang and Wenjie Wu July 2016
Paper No' SERCDP0201:
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JEL Classification: C14; P25


Tags: big data; gtwr; local linear estimator; city liveliness; land use; china

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Highways, Market Access and Urban Growth in China Nathaniel Baum-Snow, Loren Brandt, J. Vernon Henderson, Matthew A. Turner and Qinghua Zhang June 2016
Paper No' SERCDP0200:
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JEL Classification: F10; N65


Tags: construction; china; ricardian trade models

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Location, Search Costs and Youth Unemployment: Experimental Evidence from Transport Subsidies in Addis Ababa Simon Franklin May 2016
Paper No' SERCDP0199:
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JEL Classification: J64; C93; J61; O18


Tags: job search; spatial mismatch; unemployment; cash constraints; urban; transpor

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
The Global Spatial Distribution of Economic Activity: Nature, History and the Role of Trade J. Vernon Henderson, Tim Squires, Adam Storeygard and David Weil May 2016
Paper No' SERCDP0198:
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JEL Classification: O13; O18; R12


Tags: agriculture; physical geography; development

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Enabled to Work: The Impact of Government Housing on Slum Dwellers in South Africa Simon Franklin
May 2016
Paper No' SERCDP0197:
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JEL Classification: P14; J22; O18; D13


Tags: housing; labour supply; time allocation; home production

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Building the City: Sunk Capital, Sequencing and Institutional Frictions J. Vernon Henderson, Tanner Regan and Anthony J. Venables April 2016
Paper No' SERCDP0196:
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JEL Classification: O14; O18; R1; R3


Tags: city; urban; urban growth; slum development; urban structure; urban form; housing investment; capital durability

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Take What You Can: Property Rights, Contestability and Conflict Thiemo Fetzer and Samuel Marden
April 2016
Paper No' SERCDP0194:
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JEL Classification: O12; Q15; D74; Q23


Tags: property rights; land titling; conflict; deforestation

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Subways and Urban Growth: Evidence from Earth Marco Gonzalez-Navarro and Matthew A. Turner
April 2016
Paper No' SERCDO0195:
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JEL Classification: L91; R4; R11; R14


Tags: subways; public transit; urban growth; urban decentralization

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Taking Care of the Budget? Practice-level Outcomes during Commissioning Reforms in England Ted Pinchbeck
February 2016
Paper No' SERCDP0192:
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JEL Classification: H51; I11; I18; J44; C33


Tags: nhs reforms; commissioning; primary care; health care budgets

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
The (Displacement) Effects of Spatially Targeted Enterprise Initiatives: Evidence from UK LEGI Elias Einiö and Henry G. Overman February 2016
Paper No' SERCDP0191:
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JEL Classification: R11; H25; J20; O40


Tags: place-based policy; programme evaluation; displacement; employment; industrial policy

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Why Does Birthplace Matter So Much? Sorting, Learning and Geography Clément Bosquet and Henry G. Overman
January 2016
Paper No' SERCDP0190:
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JEL Classification: J61; J62; R23; J31


Tags: place of birth; spatial sorting; lifetime mobility

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Trade and Frictional Unemployment in the Global Economy Céline Carrère, Anja Grujovic and Frédéric Robert-Nicoud
December 2015
Paper No' SERCDP0189:
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JEL Classification: F15; F16; F17; J64


Tags: labor market frictions; unemployment; trade

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
The Spatial Decay in Commuting Probabilities: Employment Potential vs. Commuting Gravity Gabriel M. Ahlfeldt and Nicolai Wendland November 2015
Paper No' SERCDP0188:
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JEL Classification: R12; R28; R38; R48


Tags: accessibility; commuting; employment; gravity; potential

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Transfer Taxes and Household Mobility: Distortion on the Housing or Labor Market? Christian A. L. Hilber and Teemu Lyytikäinen October 2015
Paper No' SERCDP0187:
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JEL Classification: D23; H21; H27; J61; R21; R31; R38


Tags: transfer taxes; stamp duty; transaction costs; homeownership; household mobility

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ICT and Education: Evidence from Student Home Addresses Benjamin Faber, Rosa Sanchis-Guarner and Felix Weinhardt
October 2015
Paper No' SERCDP0186:
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JEL Classification: F66; I20; D83


Tags: education; information and communication technology; internet

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Offshoring and the Geography of Jobs in Great Britain Luisa Gagliardi, Simona Iammarino and Andrés Rodríguez-Pose
October 2015
Paper No' SERCD0185:
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JEL Classification: F21; F66; J42; J23; J24


Tags: offshoring; local labour markets; job creation and destruction; routine and non-routine occupations

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Quantitative Easing of an International Financial Centre: How Central London Came So Well Out of the Post-2007 Crisis Ian Gordon September 2015
Paper No' SERCDP0193:
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JEL Classification: R11; R12; E58; E32


Tags: spatial imbalance; regional economic fluctuation; financial centre; monetary

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The Role of Education for Amenity Based Sorting in British Cities Luisa Gagliardi and Teresa Schlüter
September 2015
Paper No' SERCDP0184:
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JEL Classification: R23; R22; J24


Tags: neighborhood characteristics; sorting; amenities; skills; local labour markets; hedonic pricing

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Credit Constraints and the Composition of Housing Sales. Farewell to First-Time Buyers? Felipe Carozzi
July 2015
Paper No' SERCDP0183:
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JEL Classification: R30; G21


Tags: housing markets; housing tenure; credit constraints

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Business as Unusual. An Explanation of the Increase of Private Economic Activity in High-Conflict Areas in Afghanistan Tommaso Ciarli, Chiara Kofol and Carlo Menon July 2015
Paper No' SERCDP0182:
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JEL Classification: O12; D74; L26; R12


Tags: violent conflict; entrepreneurship; development

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Regulating Housing Vacancies Away? The Paradoxical Effects of Mismatch Paul Cheshire, Christian A. L. Hilber and Hans R. A. Koster July 2015
Paper No' SERCDP0181:
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JEL Classification: R13; R38


Tags: residential vacancy rates; housing supply constraints; land use regulation

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The Vertical City: The Price of Land and the Height of Buildings in Chicago 1870-2010 Gabriel M. Ahlfeldt and Daniel P. McMillen July 2015
Paper No' SERCDP0180:
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JEL Classification: R20; R30


Tags: chicago; density; height; land value; skyscraper

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Big Plant Closures and Agglomeration Economies Jordi Jofri-Monseny, Maria Sánchez-Vidal and Elisabet Viladecans-Marsal
July 2015
Paper No' SERCDP0179:
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JEL Classification: R12; R23; R58; J23


Tags: local employment; plant closures; input-output; agglomeration economies

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What Makes Cities More Productive? Agglomeration Economies and the Role of Urban Governance: Evidence from 5 OECD Countries Rudiger Ahrend, Emily Farchy, Ioannis Kaplanis and Alexander C. Lembcke July 2015
Paper No' SERCDP0178:
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JEL Classification: R12; R23; R50; H73


Tags: cities; productivity; governance; agglomeration economies

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Are People Moving Home Less? An Analysis of Address Changing in England and Wales, 1971-2011, Using the ONS Longitudinal Study Tony Champion and Ian Shuttleworth July 2015
Paper No' SERCDP0177:
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JEL Classification: J11; J61; O15; R23


Tags: internal migration; migration intensity; long-term trend; longitudinal study; england and wales; microdata

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Is Internal Migration Slowing? An Analysis of Four Decades of NHSCR Records for England and Wales Tony Champion and Ian Shuttleworth July 2015
Paper No' SERCDP0176:
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JEL Classification: J11; J61; O15; R23


Tags: internal migration; migration intensity; between-area moves; long-term trend; england and wales

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Spillovers from Immigrant Diversity in Cities Abigail Cooke and Thomas Kemeny
June 2015
Paper No' SERCD0175:
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JEL Classification: O4; R0; O18; F22; J61


Tags: immigrants; diversity; productivity; spillovers; cities

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Moving People with Ideas - Innovation, Inter-regional Mobility and Firm Heterogeneity Riccardo Crescenzi and Luisa Gagliardi
April 2015
Paper No' SERCDP0174:
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JEL Classification: O31; O15; J61; R23


Tags: innovation; labour mobility; inter-regional migration; spillovers

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Exploring the Geography of China's Airport Networks: A Hybrid Complex-Network Approach Zhengbin Dong and Wenjie Wu
March 2015
Paper No' SERCDP0173:
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JEL Classification: C55; O18; R12; P25


Tags: airport system; complex network; regional development; china

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From Periphery to Core: Measuring Agglomeration Effects Using High-Speed Rail Gabriel M. Ahlfeldt and Arne Feddersen
March 2015
Paper No' SERCDP0172:
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JEL Classification: R12; R28; R38; R48


Tags: accessibility; agglomeration; high-speed rail; market potential; transport policy

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Distinctively Different: A New Approach to Valuing Architectural Amenities Gabriel M. Ahlfeldt and Nancy Holman
February 2015
Paper No' SERCDP0171:
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JEL Classification: R52; D23; C7


Tags: architecture; beauty; boundary discontinuity; conservation areas; design; england; property prices

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The Economic Value of Local Social Networks Frank Ethridge, Maryann Feldman, Tom Kemeny and Ted Zoller
January 2015
Paper No' SERCDP0170:
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JEL Classification: R11; O12; O18; L14


Tags: cities; economic development; social networks; social capital

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Urban Development and Air Pollution: Evidence from a Global Panel of Cities Christian A. L. Hilber and Charles Palmer
December 2014
Paper No' SERCDP0169:
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JEL Classification: Q01; Q53; R11; R41


Tags: urbanization; urban form; decentralization; air pollution; transport; built environment

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The Time Value of Housing: Historical Evidence from London Residential Leases Philippe Bracke, Ted Pinchbeck and James Wyatt
December 2014
Paper No' SERCDP0168:
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JEL Classification: G12; R30


Tags: house prices; discount rates; historical data

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Walk This Way: Estimating Impacts of Walk in Centres at Hospital Emergency Departments in the English National Health Service Ted Pinchbeck December 2014
Paper No' SERCDP0167:
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JEL Classification: R53; I11; C23


Tags: emergency care; primary care; walk in centres

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Asymptotic Properties of Imputed Hedonic Price Indices Olivier Schöni
October 2014
Paper No' SERCDP0166:
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JEL Classification: C21; C43; C53; C58


Tags: price indices; hedonic regression; imputation; asymptotic theory

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Employment and Technological Change: On the Geography of Labour Market Adjustments Luisa Gagliardi
October 2014
Paper No' SERCDP0165:
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JEL Classification: R12; R23; R21; O33; J24


Tags: local labour market; employment; technological change; skills

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Local Economic Conditions and the Nature of New Housing Supply Christian A. L. Hilber, Jan Rouwendal and Wouter Vermeulen
August 2014
Paper No' SERCDP0164:
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JEL Classification: R11; R21; R31; R52


Tags: local economic conditions; open monocentric city model; land conversion; housing supply; housing type; housing consumption; land use regulation; migration

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Neighbourhood Turnover and Teenage Attainment Stephen Gibbons, Olmo Silva and Felix Weinhardt
August 2014
Paper No' SERCDP0163:
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JEL Classification: C21; I20; R23


Tags: education; neighbourhood; turnover; social capital

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Spatial Methods Steve Gibbons, Henry G. Overman and Eleonora Patacchini
August 2014
Paper No' SERCDP0162:
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JEL Classification: R; C1; C5


Tags: spatial analysis; spatial econometrics; neighbourhood effects; agglomeration; weights matrix

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Speed 2.0. Evaluating Access to Universal Digital Highways Gabriel M. Ahlfeldt, Pantelis Koutroumpis and Tommaso Valletti
July 2014
Paper No' SERCDP0161:
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JEL Classification: L1; H4; R2


Tags: internet; property prices; capitalization; digital speed; universal access to broadband

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First-Come First-Served: Identifying the Demand Effect of Immigration Inflows on House Prices Rosa Sanchis-Guarner
May 2014
Paper No' SERCDP0160:
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JEL Classification: J61; R12; R21


Tags: immigration; housing markets; instrumental variables

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Chicken or Egg? The PVAR Econometrics of Transportation Gabriel M. Ahlfeldt, Kristoffer Moeller and Nicolai Wendland
March 2014
Paper No' SERCDP0158:
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JEL Classification: R12; R14; R41; N73; N74


Tags: transport; land use; berlin; history; panel vector; autoregression

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Culturally Clustered or in the Cloud? Location of Internet Start-ups in Berlin Kristoffer Moeller
March 2014
Paper No' SERCDP0157:
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JEL Classification: R30; D22; L26


Tags: firm location; urban amenities; consumer city; internet start-ups; entrepreneurs; berlin

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The Impact of Better School Accessibility on Student outcomes Kenzo Asahi
March 2014
Paper No' SERCDP0156:
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JEL Classification: R42; H41; I29


Tags: school accessibility; subway; test scores; student achievement; transport innovations

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Relocation of Public Sector Workers: Evaluating a Place-based Policy Giulia Faggio
February 2014
Paper No' SERCDP0155:
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JEL Classification: O1; R23; R58; J61


Tags: economic development; regional labour markets; regional government policy; job displacement

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'Iconic Design' as Deadweight Loss: Rent Acquisition by Design in the Constrained London Office Market Paul Cheshire and Gerard Dericks January 2014
Paper No' SERCDP0154:
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JEL Classification: H3; J6; Q15; R52


Tags: land use regulation; regulatory costs; rent-seeking; office markets

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Heterogeneous Agglomeration Giulia Faggio, Olmo Silva and William C. Strange
January 2014
Paper No' SERCDP0152:
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JEL Classification: R00; R28


Tags: agglomeration; microfoundations; heterogeneity; clusters

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Urban Renewal after the Berlin Wall Gabriel M. Ahfeldt, Wolfgang Maennig and Felix J. Richter
December 2013
Paper No' SERCDP0151:
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JEL Classification: D62; H23; R21; R31


Tags: urban; renewal; revitalization; redevelopment; hedonic regression; quasi-experiment

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Local Institutions and Local Economic Growth: The State of the Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) in England - A National Survey David Marlow, Anja McCarthy, Peter O'Brien, Andy Pike and John Tomaney November 2013
Paper No' SERCDP0150:
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JEL Classification: H70; O10; O20; R58


Tags: local; institutions; economic growth; local enterprise partnerships; england

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Immigrant Diversity and Economic Development in Cities: A Critical Review Thomas Kemeny
November 2013
Paper No' SERCDP0149:
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JEL Classification: O4; O15; O18; O31; R0; J28; J31


Tags: diversity; immigration; cities; regional economic performance

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Cheap Imports and the Loss of U.S. Manufacturing Jobs Abigail Cooke, Thomas Kemeny and David Rigby
November 2013
Paper No' SERCDP0148:
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JEL Classification: F14; F15; F16; F6; J31


Tags: international trade; import competition; job loss; inequality; manufacturing

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Gender and Competition: Evidence from Academic Promotions in France Clément Bosquet, Pierre-Philippe Combes and Cecila Garcia-Penalosa November 2013
Paper No' SERCDP0147:
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JEL Classification: J16; J7; I23


Tags: gender gaps; promotions; academic labour markets

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Here Be Startups: Exploring a young digital cluster in Inner East London Max Nathan and Emma Vandore
November 2013
Paper No' SERCDP0146:
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JEL Classification: L2; L52; M13; O18; O31; R11


Tags: digital economy; cities; clusters; innovation; london; silicon roundabout; tech city


This paper has been published as:
Here be startups: exploring London’s Tech City digital cluster by Max Nathan and Emma Vandore, Environment and Planning A, Volume 46, Issue 10 April 2014
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No Escape? The Co-ordination Problem in Heritage Preservation Gabriel M. Ahlfeldt and Nancy Holman
October 2013
Paper No' SERCDP0145:
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JEL Classification: R52; D23; C7


Tags: designation; england; heritage; property value; prisoner’s dilemma

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Cultural Diversity, Cities and Innovation: firm Effects or City Effects? Neil Lee
October 2013
Paper No' SERCDP0144:
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JEL Classification: J61; L21; M13; 011; 031; R23


Tags: cultural diversity; innovation; cities; smes; migration

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Game of Zones: The Economics of Conservation Areas Gabriel M. Ahlfeldt, Kristoffer Moeller, Sevrin Waights and Nicolai Wendland September 2013
Paper No' SERCDP0143:
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JEL Classification: H23; H31; R40; R58


Tags: designation; difference-in-difference; rdd-dd; england; gentrification; heritage; property value

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Student Satisfaction, League Tables and University Applications Stephen Gibbons, Eric Neumayer and Richard Perkins
September 2013
Paper No' SERCDP0142:
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JEL Classification: I2; D8


Tags: student satisfaction; higher education; information; university choice

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Do Long Distance Moves Discourage Homeownership? Evidence from England Sejeong Ha and Christian A. L. Hilber
September 2013
Paper No' SERCDP0141:
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JEL Classification: J61; R21; R23


Tags: residential mobility; distance of residential relocation; information cost; investment risk; homeownership; tenure choice

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Urban Escalators and Inter-regional Elevators: The Difference that Location, Mobility and Sectoral Specialisation make to Occupational Progression Tony Champion, Mike Coombes and Ian Gordon September 2013
Paper No' SERCDP0139:
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JEL Classification: J24; J61; J62; R23


Tags: escalator region; labour migration; elevator effect; city-regions; social mobility; career progression

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Gibrat's Law and the British Industrial Revolution Alexander Klein and Tim Leunig
September 2013
Paper No' SERCDO0140:
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JEL Classification: N93; R12


Tags: gibrat’s law; city-size distribution; industrial revolution

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Down and Out in Italian Towns: Measuring the Impact of Economic Downturns on Crime Carlo Menon and Guido de Blasio
June 2013
Paper No' SECDP0137:
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JEL Classification: K14; K42; E32


Tags: crime; economic crises; italy

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Urbanity Gabriel M. Ahfeldt
May 2013
Paper No' SERCDP0136:
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JEL Classification: R20; R30


Tags: amenities; consumer city; hedonic analysis; photography geography; property prices

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The Urban Wage Growth Premium: Sorting or Learning? Sabine D'Costa and Henry G. Overman
May 2013
Paper No' SERCDP0135:
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JEL Classification: R23; J31


Tags: urban wage premium; agglomeration; cities; wage growth; worker mobility


This paper has been published as:
Regional Science and Urban Economics, Volume 48, September 2014
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Does Better Rail Access Improve Homeowners’ Happiness?: Evidence Based on Micro Surveys in Beijing Wenjie Wu
April 2013
Paper No' SERCDP0134:
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JEL Classification: D60; H41; R41


Tags: happiness; transport improvement; geographical information system; wellbeing; china

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Do Large Departments Make Academics More Productive? Agglomeration and Peer Effects in Research Clément Bosquet and Pierre-Philippe Combes April 2013
Paper No' SERCDP0133:
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JEL Classification: R12; J24; I3


Tags: productivity determinants; economic geography; networks; economics of science; selection and endogeneity

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
How Far Do England’s Second-Order Cities Emulate London as Human-Capital ‘Escalators’? Tony Champion, Mike Coombes and Ian Gordon March 2013
Paper No' SERCDP0132:
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JEL Classification: J24; J61; J62; R23


Tags: human-capital escalator; second-order cities; england; ons longitudinal study; career progression; city region

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
My Precious! The Location and Diffusion of Scientific Research: Evidence from the Synchrotron Diamond Light Source Christian Helmers and Henry Overman March 2013
Paper No' SERCDP0131:
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JEL Classification: R12; R58; O31; O38


Tags: synchrotron; location; innovation; patents

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Real Wages, Amenities and the Adjustment of Working Hours Across Regional Labour Markets Teresa Schlüter
March 2013
Paper No' SERCDP0130:
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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Top Team Demographics, Innovation and Business Performance: Findings from English Firms and Cities 2008-9 Max Nathan
March 2013
Paper No' SERCDP0129:
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JEL Classification: J61; L21; M13; O11; O31; R23


Tags: cities; innovation; entrepreneurship; cultural diversity; migration; gender

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Access All Areas? The Impact of Fees and Background on Student Demand for Postgraduate Higher Education in the UK Philip Wales February 2013
Paper No' SERCDP0128:
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JEL Classification: C25; I2; J24; D12


Tags: education; human capital; skills; consumer economics: empirical analysis

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
House Prices and Rents: Micro Evidence from a Matched Dataset in Central London Philippe Bracke
February 2013
Paper No' SERCDP0127:
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JEL Classification: G10; R21; R31


Tags: house prices; housing rents; price index

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
The Importance of Time Zone Assignment: Evidence from Residential Electricity Consumption Felix Weinhardt
January 2013
Paper No' SERDDP0126:
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JEL Classification: H4; Q4


Tags: time-use; time zones; daylight saving; energy consumption; gis

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Rocketing Rents The magnitude and attenuation of agglomeration economies in the commercial property market Hans R. A. Koster January 2013
Paper No' SERCDP0125:
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JEL Classification: R30; R33


Tags: commercial buildings; hedonic pricing; agglomeration economies; spatial decay; kernel densities

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Historic Amenities, Income and Sorting of Households Hans R. A. Koster, Piet Rietveld and Jos Van Ommeren
January 2013
Paper No' SERCDP0124:
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JEL Classification: R14; R21; R31; R38


Tags: historic amenities; sorting; conservation areas; semiparametric regression-discontinuity design; hedonic price method

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
The Causal Effect of Credit Guarantees for SMEs: Evidence from Italy Alessio D'Ignazio and Carlo Menon
December 2012
Paper No' SERCDP0123:
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JEL Classification: G2; H2; O16


Tags: financial subsidies; credit constraints; banking

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
The Size Distribution Across All 'Cities': A Unifying Approach Kristian Giesen and Jens Suedekum
December 2012
Paper No' SERCDP0122:
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JEL Classification: R11; R12


Tags: zipf's law; gibrat's law; city size distributions; city age; dpln distribution

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Specialization and Regional Economic Development Thomas Kemeny and Michael Storper
December 2012
Paper No' SERCDP0121:
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JEL Classification: R11; R12; O21


Tags: specialization; diversification; agglomeration economies; urban wages

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Driving Up Wages: The Effects of Road Construction in Great Britain Rosa Sanchis-Guarner
October 2012
Paper No' SERCDP0120:
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JEL Classification: J31; 018; R12


Tags: job accessibility; labour markets; roads; spatial sorting

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
The Impact of Supply Constraints on House Prices in England Christian A. L. Hilber and Wouter Vermeulen
September 2012
Paper No' SERCDP0119:
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JEL Classification: G12; R11; R21; R31; R52


Tags: house prices; housing supply; supply constraints; land use regulation

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
The Economics of Density: Evidence from the Berlin Wall Gabriel M. Ahlfeldt, Stephen J. Redding, Daniel M. Sturm and Nikolaus Wolf September 2012
Paper No' SERCDP0118:
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JEL Classification: N34; O18; R12


Tags: agglomeration; dispersion; density; cities

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
New Road Infrastructure: the Effects on Firms Stephen Gibbons, Teemu Lyytikäinen, Henry Overman and Rosa Sanchis-Guarner
September 2012
Paper No' SERCDP0117:
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JEL Classification: D24; O18; R12


Tags: productivity; employment; accessibility; transport

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Does Public Investment Spur the Land Market?: Evidence from Transport Improvement in Beijing Wenjie Wu
July 2012
Paper No' SERCDP0116:
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JEL Classification: H41; Q51; R41


Tags: land prices; transport improvement; geographical information system; china

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
The Effect of the UK Stamp Duty Land Tax on Household Mobility Christian A. L. Hilber and Teemu Lyytikäinen
July 2012
Paper No' SERCDP0115:
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JEL Classification: D23; H21; H27; J61; R21; R31; R38


Tags: stamp duty; real estate transfer tax; transaction costs; household mobility

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Trade Liberalisation Does Not Always Raise Wage Premia: Evidence from Ugandan Districts Massimiliano Calì
June 2012
Paper No' SERCDP0114:
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JEL Classification: F10; F14; F16; O12; O15


Tags: returns to education; wage inequality; uganda; trade; market reforms

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Spatial Variations in Amenity Values: New Evidence from Beijing, China Wenjie Wu
June 2012
Paper No' SERCDP0113:
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JEL Classification: C21; Q51; R14


Tags: land prices; parks; spatial variation; china

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Total Factor Productivity Growth in Local Economic Partnership Regions in Britain, 1997-2008 Richard Harris and John Moffat
June 2012
Paper No' SERCDP0112:
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JEL Classification: C23; D24; R12


Tags: productivity decomposition; regional productivity growth

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
The Effect of Public Sector Employment on Local Labour Markets Giulia Faggio and Henry G. Overman
June 2012
Paper No' SERCDP0111:
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JEL Classification: J31; J45


Tags: local labour markets; public and private sector employment; wages

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Do Homeowners Benefit Urban Neighborhoods? Evidence from Housing Prices Mika Kortelainen and Tuukka Saarimaa
May 2012
Paper No' SERCDP0110:
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JEL Classification: D62; R21; R28


Tags: homeownership; neighborhood effects; partial linear model; set identification

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Firm Size and Judicial Efficiency in Italy: Evidence from the Neighbour's Tribunal Silvia Giacomelli and Carlo Menon
May 2012
Paper No' SERCDP0108:
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JEL Classification: K4; L11; O18


Tags: justice efficiency; firm size; spatial discontinuity approach; italy

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Ambition, Human Capital Acquisition and the Metropolitan Escalator Ian Gordon
April 2012
Paper No' SERCDP0107:
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JEL Classification: J24; J61; J62; R23


Tags: escalator region; migration; urban labour market; london; social mobility; human capital

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Accounting for Big City Growth in Low Paid Occupations: Immigration and/or Service Class Consumption Ian Gordon and Ioannis Kaplanis April 2012
Paper No' SERCDP0106:
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JEL Classification: J21; J23; F22; R12


Tags: regional labour markets; wages; employment; international migration; consumer demand

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Is Pennine England becoming more Polycentric or more Centripetal? An Analysis of Commuting Flows in a Transforming Industrial Region, 1981-2001 Tony Champion and Mike Coombes April 2012
Paper No' SERCDP0105:
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JEL Classification: R23; R12; R14; R58


Tags: polycentricity; multi-scalar; urbanisation; commuting; pennine england

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Great Britain's Second-Order City Regions in Recessions, 1978-2010 Tony Champion and Alan Townsend
April 2012
Paper No' SERCDP0104:
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JEL Classification: J21; O18; R11; R12


Tags: recession; resilience; employment change; second-order city; city region; great britain

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Homeownerhip and Entrepreneurship Philippe Bracke, Christian Hilber and Olmo Silva
April 2012
Paper No' SERCDP0103:
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JEL Classification: L26; D14; G11; R21


Tags: entrepreneurship; homeownership; panel estimation

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Politics in Coalition Formation of Local Governments Tuukka Saarimaa and Janne Tukiainen
March 2012
Paper No' SERCDP0102:
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JEL Classification: H77; H72; C35


Tags: coalition formation; local politics; choice based sampling

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
A Note on the Value of Foregone Open Space in Sprawling Cities Jan Rouwendal and Wouter Vermeulen
February 2012
Paper No' SERCDP0101:
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JEL Classification: Q26; R13; R52


Tags: urban sprawl; open space; growth controls; outdoor recreation

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Flexible Employment and Cross-Regional Adjustment Ioannis Kaplanis and Vassilis Monastiriotis
January 2012
Paper No' SERCDP0100:
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JEL Classification: R11; R23; J08; J61


Tags: employment flexibility; regional migration; labour market adjustment

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
External Benefits of Brownfield Redevelopment: An Applied Urban General Equilbirum Analysis Niels Vermeer and Wouter Vermeulen January 2012
Paper No' SERCDP0099:
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JEL Classification: R13; R21; R52


Tags: brownfield redevelopment; land use externalities; urban general equilibrium; benefit-cost analysis

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
The Causal Effects of an Industrial Policy Chiara Criscuolo, Ralf Martin, Henry G. Overman and John Van Reenen
January 2012
Paper No' SERCDP0098:
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JEL Classification: H25; L52; L53; O47


Tags: industrial policy; regional policy; employment; investment; productivity

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Does Skilled Migration Foster Innovative Performance? Evidence from British Local Areas Luisa Gagliardi
November 2011
Paper No' SERCDP0097:
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JEL Classification: O15; O31; I2; H22


Tags: innovation; migration; education; externalities

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
The Bright Side of Social Capital: How 'Bridging' Makes Italian Provinces More Innovative Riccardo Crescenzi, Luisa Gagliardi and Marco Percoco November 2011
Paper No' SERCDP0096:
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JEL Classification: O31; O33; R15


Tags: innovation; social capital; knowledge transfer; regional development

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Estimating and Forecasting with a Dynamic Spatial Panel Data Model Badi H. Baltagi, Bernard Fingleton and Alain Pirotte
November 2011
Paper No' SERCDP0095:
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JEL Classification: C33


Tags: panel data; spatial lag; error components; linear predictor; gmm; spatial autocorrelation

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Geographic Concentration and the Temporal Scope of Agglomeration Economics: An Index Decomposition Colin Wren
November 2011
Paper No' SERCDP0094:
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JEL Classification: R12; R30; L10


Tags: industrial location; agglomeration forces; geographic concentration index; spillovers; temporal scope

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
The Economics Implications of House Price Capitalization: A Synthesis Christian A. L. Hilber
October 2011
Paper No' SERCDP0091:
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JEL Classification: D71; R21; R31


Tags: house price capitalization; homeownership; local public goods; club goods; land use regulation; land and housing supply; incentives to invest; redistribution

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Does Additional Spending Help Urban Schools? An Evaluation Using Boundary Discontinuities Stephen Gibbons, Sandra McNally and Martina Viarengo August 2011
Paper No' SERCDP0090:
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JEL Classification: R0; I21; H52


Tags: urban schools; education; resources

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
On the Relative Importance of Agglomeration Economies in the Location of FDI Across British Regions Jonathan Jones and Colin Wren August 2011
Paper No' SERCDP0089:
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JEL Classification: H3; O2; L2; R3


Tags: industrial location; agglomeration economies; intermediate goods; fdi

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
From Russia with Love: The Impact of Relocated Firms on Incumbent Survival Oliver Falck, Christina Guenther, Stephan Heblich and William R. Kerr August 2011
Paper No' SERCDP0088:
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JEL Classification: R10; L10; H25; O10; J20


Tags: agglomeration; competition; firm dynamics; labor; germany

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Form or Function? The Impact of New Football Stadia on Property Prices in London Gabriel M. Ahlfeldt and Georgios Kavetsos
July 2011
Paper No' SERCDP0087:
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JEL Classification: R53; R58


Tags: property prices; stadium impact

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Is the Sky the Limit? An Analysis of High-Rise Office Buildings Hans R. A. Koster, Piet Rietveld and Jos N. van Ommerren
July 2011
Paper No' SERCDP0086:
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JEL Classification: R30; R33


Tags: commercial buildings; building height; landmarks; reputation effect; semiparametric regression; agglomeration effect

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Homeownership and NIMBYism: A Spatial Analysis of Airport Effects Gabriel M. Ahlfeldt and Wolfgang Maennig
July 2011
Paper No' SERCDP0085:
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JEL Classification: D61; D62; H41; H71; L83; I18; R41; R58


Tags: noise; rents; referendum; real estate prices; airports; berlin

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Valuing Iconic Design: Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture in Oak Park, Illinois Gabriel M. Ahfeldt and Alexandra Mastro
July 2011
Paper No' SERCDP0084:
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JEL Classification: R21; Z11


Tags: frank lloyd wright; hedonic analysis; iconic architecture; property prices

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Whether to Hire Local Contract Teachers? Trade-off Between Skills and Preferences in India Sonja Fagernäs and Panu Pelkonen
July 2011
Paper No' SERCDP0083:
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JEL Classification: H75; J24; J41; J45


Tags: discrete choice experiment; education; para-teachers; preferences; skills

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Tax Competition Among Local Governments: Evidence from a Property Tax Reform in Finland Teemu Lyytikäinen
June 2011
Paper No' SERCDP0082:
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JEL Classification: H20; H71; H77


Tags: property tax; tax competition; fiscal interaction; instrumental variables; spatial econometrics

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
The Effects of Agglomeration on Wages: Evidence from the Micro-Level Bernard Fingleton and Simonetta Longhi
June 2011
Paper No' SERCDP0081:
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JEL Classification: C21; C31; C33; D1; O18; R20; R12


Tags: urban economics; new economic geography; household panel data

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Agglomeration in the Periphery Matti Sarvimäki
May 2011
Paper No' SERCDP0080:
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JEL Classification: R12; J61; N94


Tags: agglomeration externalities; natural advantages; migration

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Tracking Unemployment in Wales through Recession and into Recovery Michael Artis and Marianne Sensier
April 2011
Paper No' SERCDP0079:
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JEL Classification: C22; E32; E37; E40


Tags: classical business cycles; forecasting

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Investigating Agglomeration Economies in a Panel of European Cities and Regions Michael Artis, Declan Curran and Marianne Sensier April 2011
Paper No' SERCDP0078:
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JEL Classification: C22; E32; E37; E40


Tags: agglomeration; system dynamic panel data estimations

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
House Prices and Credit Constraints: Making Sense of the U.S. Experience John V. Duca, John Muellbauer and Anthony Murphy
March 2011
Paper No' SERCDP0077:
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JEL Classification: R31; G21; E51; C51; C52


Tags: house prices; credit standards; subprime mortgages

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Shifting Credit Standards and the Boom and Bust in U.S. House Prices John V. Duca, John Muellbauer and Anthony Murphy
March 2011
Paper No' SERCDP0076:
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JEL Classification: R31; G21; E51; C51; C52


Tags: house prices; credit standards; subprime mortgages

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
If We Build, Will They Pay? Predicting Property Price Effects of Transport Innovations Gabriel Ahlfeldt
March 2011
Paper No' SERCDP0075:
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JEL Classification: H43; R40; R58


Tags: property prices; hedonic analysis; transport innovations; gravity equation

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
The Amenity Value of English Nature: A Hedonic Price Approach Steve Gibbons, Susana Mourato and Guilherme Resende
March 2011
Paper No' SERCDP0074:
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JEL Classification: R11; R29


Tags: amenity value; hedonic price method (hpm); environmental amenities

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
R&D, Innovation and Exporting Richard Harris and John Moffat
March 2011
Paper No' SERCDP0073:
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JEL Classification: C35; O32; R11


Tags: r&d; innovation; exporting; endogeneity

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Industry and the Urge to Cluster: A Study of the Informal Sector in India Megha Mukim
March 2011
Paper No' SERCDP0072:
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JEL Classification: R12; R3; O17


Tags: agglomeration economies; informal sector; location choice

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Where is the Economics in Spatial Econometrics? Luisa Corrado and Bernard Fingleton
March 2011
Paper No' SERCDP0071:
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JEL Classification: C21; C31; R0


Tags: spatial econometrics; endogenous spatial lag; exogenous spatial lag; spatially dependent errors; network dependence; externalities; the w matrix; panel data with spatial effects; multilevel models with spatial effects

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Modelling and Forecasting with County Court Data: Regional Mortgage Possession Claims and Orders in England and Wales Janine Aron and John Muellbauer February 2011
Paper No' SERCDP0070:
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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
The Economics of Super-Diversity: Findings from British Cities, 2001-2006 Max Nathan
February 2011
Paper No' SERCDP0068:
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JEL Classification: JI; J15; J61; O18; R11; R23


Tags: cities; demography; migration; culture; cultural diversity; super-diversity; urban economies; growth

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
The Long Term Impacts of Migration in British Cities: Diversity, Wages, Employment and Prices Max Nathan
February 2011
Paper No' SERCDP0067:
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JEL Classification: D24; J15; J61; O18; R11; R23


Tags: cities; migration; cultural diversity; labour markets; productivity; urban economics

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Evaluating the Effects of Planning Policies on the Retail Sector: Or do Town Centre First Policies Deliver the Goods? Paul Cheshire, Christian A. L. Hilber and Ioannis Kaplanis January 2011
Paper No' SERCDP0066:
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JEL Classification: D2; L51; L81; R32


Tags: land use regulation; regulatory costs; firm productivity; retail

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Real Earnings Disparities in Britain Stephen Gibbons, Henry G. Overman and Guilherme Resende
January 2011
Paper No' SERCDP0065:
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JEL Classification: J60; R23


Tags: britain; spatial equilibrium; labour market; housing market

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Plant-level Determinants of Total Factor Productivity in Great Britain, 1997-2006 Richard Harris and John Moffat
January 2011
Paper No' SERCDP0064:
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JEL Classification: C23; D24; R12


Tags: productivity; plant level tfp; spatial ‘place’ effects; foreign-owned plants

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Do Neighbours Affect Teenage Outcomes? Evidence from Neighbourhood Changes in England Stephen Gibbons, Olmo Silva and Felix Weinhardt November 2010
Paper No' SERCDP0063:
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JEL Classification: C21; I20; H75; R23


Tags: neighbourhood effects; cognitive and non-cognitive outcomes; secondary schools

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
In Search of the 'Economic Dividend' of Devolution: Spatial Disparities, Spatial Economic Policy and Decentralisation in the UK Andy Pike, Andrés Rodríguez-Pose, John Tomaney, Gianpiero Torrisi and Vassilis Tselios October 2010
Paper No' SERCDP0062:
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JEL Classification: D53; R51


Tags: economic dividend; devolution; spatial disparities; spatial economic policy; decentralisation; uk

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Mostly Pointless Spatial Econometrics? Steve Gibbons and Henry G. Overman
October 2010
Paper No' SERCDP0061:
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JEL Classification: C1; C12; C21; R000; R15


Tags: statistical methods; spatial; modeling

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Wage Disparities in Britain: People or Place? Steve Gibbons, Henry G. Overman and Panu Pelkonen
October 2010
Paper No' SERCDP0060:
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JEL Classification: R11; J31


Tags: wage; disparities; labour


This paper has been published as:
Area Disparities in Britain: Understanding the Contribution of People vs. Place Through Variance Decompositions, Stephen Gibbons, Henry G. Overman and Panu Pelkonen, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Early view, July 2014
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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Does the Rotten Child Spoil His Companion? Spatial Peer Effects Among Children in Rural India Christian Helmers and Manasa Patnam October 2010
Paper No' SERCDP0059:
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JEL Classification: C21; O15; R23


Tags: children; peer effects; cognitive skills; india

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Bank Location and Financial Liberalization Reforms: Evidence from Microgeographic Data Marieke Huysentruyt, Eva Lefevere and Carlo Menon October 2010
Paper No' SERCDP0058:
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JEL Classification: G21; L1; L22; O16; R12


Tags: location; retail-banking; liberalization; poverty; spatial statistics

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Capitalization of Central Government Grants into Local House Prices: Panel Data Evidence from England Christian A. L. Hilber, Teemu Lyytikäinen and Wouter Vermeulen September 2010
Paper No' SERCDP0057:
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JEL Classification: H2; H3; H7; H81; R21; R31


Tags: local public finance; house prices; supply constraints; central government grants

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Geography or Economics? A Micro-Level Analysis of the Determinants of Degree Choice in the Context of Regional Economic Disparities in the UK Philip Wales September 2010
Paper No' SERCDP0056:
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JEL Classification: C25; I2; J24; R23


Tags: education; human capital; skills; regional labour markets

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
The Mortgage Interest Deduction and its Impact on Homeownership Decisions Christian A. L. Hilber and Tracy M. Turner
September 2010
Paper No' SERCDP0055:
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JEL Classification: H22; H24; H71; R21; R31; R52


Tags: homeownership; mortgage interest deduction; tax subsidies; land use regulation

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
The Impact of University Research on Corporate Patenting Christian Helmers and Mark Rogers
September 2010
Paper No' SERCDP0054:
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JEL Classification: L22; L26; O34


Tags: patents; universities; knowledge transfer; spillover; uk

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Towards the Resilient Region?: Policy Activism and Peripheral Region Development Stuart Dawley, Andy Pike and John Tomaney
September 2010
Paper No' SERCDP0053:
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JEL Classification: O10; R00


Tags: resilience; adaptability; adaptation

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Modelling and Forecasting UK Mortgage Arrears and Possessions Janine Aron and John Muellbauer
August 2010
Paper No' SERCDP0052:
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JEL Classification: G21; G28; G17; R28; R21; C51; C53; E27


Tags: foreclosures; mortgage possessions; mortgage payment delinquencies; mortgage arrears; uk mortgage market; defaults; unobserved components model

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Is Fiscal Decentralization Harmful for Economic Growth? Evidence from the OECD Countries Roberto Ezcurra and Andrés Rodríguez-Pose May 2010
Paper No' SERCDP0051:
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JEL Classification: H40; H52


Tags: fiscal decentralization; political decentralization; administrative decentralization; economic growth; oecd

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Minimum Wages and Schooling: Evidence from the UK's Introduction of a National Minimum Wage Patricia Rice
May 2010
Paper No' SERCDP0050:
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JEL Classification: J22; J24; J38


Tags: minimum wages; enrolment in schooling; natural experiment approach

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Housing Markets and the Financial Crisis of 2007-2009: Lessons for the Future John V. Duca, John Muellbauer and Anthony Murphy April 2010
Paper No' SERCDP0049:
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JEL Classification: R21; G18; E51; E21; C51; C52


Tags: financial crisis; house prices; credit crunch; subprime mortgages

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Economic Geographers and the Limelight: The Reaction to the 2009 World Development Report Andrés Rodríguez-Pose
April 2010
Paper No' SERCDP0048:
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JEL Classification: R0; R19


Tags: economic geography

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Self-Reinforcing Shocks: Evidence from a Resettlement Policy Aki Kangasharju and Matti Sarvimäki
April 2010
Paper No' SERCDP0047:
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JEL Classification: F12; J10; R12; N94


Tags: economic geography; agglomeration; migration

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Regional Manufacturing Wages: Dancing to the Tune of Trade Shocks Filipe Lage de Sousa
April 2010
Paper No' SERCDP0046:
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JEL Classification: F12; F14; R12


Tags: economic geography; trade shocks; manufacturing wages

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Predicting the Geography of House Prices Bernard Fingleton
February 2010
Paper No' SERCDP0045:
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JEL Classification: C21; C31; O18; R12; R31


Tags: new economic geography; real estate prices; spatial econometrics; panel data; prediction

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Moving into the Projects: Social Housing Neighbourhoods and School Performance in England Felix Weinhardt
February 2010
Paper No' SERCDP0044:
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JEL Classification: I21; J24


Tags: neighbourhood effects on education

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Agglomeration Elasticities and Firm Heterogeneity Daniel J. Graham and David C. Maré
February 2010
Paper No' SERCDP0043:
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JEL Classification: L25; R12; R3


Tags: agglomeration; urban density; productivity

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
New Housing Supply and the Dilution of Social Capital Christian A. L. Hilber
January 2010
Paper No' SERCDP0042:
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JEL Classification: D71; R21; R31


Tags: house price capitalization; social capital; homeownership; land and housing supply; reciprocal cooperation

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Does Hospital Competition Save Lives? Evidence from the English NHS Patient Choice Reforms Zack Cooper, Steve Gibbons, Simon Jones and Alistair McGuire January 2010
Paper No' SERCDP0041:
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JEL Classification: I1; L1; R0


Tags: health care; quality; competition; choice; incentives; reimbursement

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Local Human Capital and Its Impact on Local Employment Chances in Britain Ioannis Kaplanis
January 2010
Paper No' SERCDP0040:
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JEL Classification: J21; J24; R23


Tags: local labour markets; employment; consumer demand; human capital externalities

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Wage Effects from Changes in Local Human Capital in Britain Ioannis Kaplanis
January 2010
Paper No' SERCDP0039:
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JEL Classification: J21; J24; J31; R23


Tags: local labour markets; wages; consumer demand; human capital externalities

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
On the Origins of Land Use Regulations: Theory and Evidence from US Metro Areas Christian A. L. Hilber and Frédéric Robert-Nicoud January 2010
Paper No' SERCDP0038:
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JEL Classification: H7; Q15; R52


Tags: land use regulations; zoning; land ownership; housing supply

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Stars and Comets: An Exploration of the Patent Universe Carlo Menon
November 2009
Paper No' SERCDP0037:
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JEL Classification: R10; O31


Tags: localized knowledge spillovers; patents; innovation

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
The Impact of Aging and Technological Relatedness on Agglomeration Externalities: A Survival Analysis Ron Boschma, Martin Henning and Frank Neffke November 2009
Paper No' SERCDP0036:
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JEL Classification: R11; C41; O30


Tags: agglomeration externalities; nursery cities; cox regression; aalen; plant survival; sweden

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
The Dynamics of FDI Location: A Markov Analysis for British Regions Jonathan Jones and Colin Wren
November 2009
Paper No' SERCDP0035:
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JEL Classification: O12; L20; R58


Tags: foreign direct investment; location; transition matrices; agglomeration; regional policy

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
The Impact of Immigration on Occupational Wages: Evidence from Britain Stephen Nickell and Jumana Saleheen
October 2009
Paper No' SERCDP0034:
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JEL Classification: J6


Tags: immigration; occupation; wages

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
The Fluctuating Record of Economic Regeneration in England's Second-Order City Regions, 1984-2007 Tony Champion and Alan Townsend October 2009
Paper No' SERCDP0033:
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JEL Classification: J21; O18; R11; R12; R23


Tags: urban regeneration; employment data; city regions; core cities; england

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Spatial Costs in a Monocentric City (And Implications for Agglomeration) Hugh B. Wenban-Smith
October 2009
Paper No' SERCDP0032:
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JEL Classification: R12; R32; D24; L95


Tags: urbanisation; spatial analysis; returns to scale; water utilities

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Agglomeration Economies and Labour Productivity: Evidence from Longitudinal Worker Data for GB's Travel-to-Work Areas Daniel J. Graham and Patricia C. Melo October 2009
Paper No' SERCDP0031:
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JEL Classification: J31; R12; R23


Tags: agglomeration externalities; wages; endogeneity; sorting

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
The Fundamental Law of Road Congestion: Evidence from US Cities Gilles Duranton and Matthew A. Turner
October 2009
Paper No' SERCDP0030:
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JEL Classification: L91; R41


Tags: highways; vehicle-kilometres traveled; public transport; congestion

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Trade, Wages and Productivity Kristian Behrens, Giordano Mion, Yasusada Murata and Jens Südekum
October 2009
Paper No' SERCDP0029:
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JEL Classification: F12; F15; F17


Tags: firm heterogeneity; monopolistic competition; general equilibrium; endogenous markups; gravity equation system; counterfactual analysis

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Productivity and Firm Selection: Quantifying the 'New' Gains from Trade Gregory Corocs, Massimo Del Gatto, Giordano Mion and G.I.P. Ottaviano October 2009
Paper No' SERCDP0028:
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JEL Classification: F12; R13


Tags: european integration; firm-level data; firm selection; gains from trade; total factor productivity

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
The Productivity Advantages of Large Cities: Distinguishing Agglomeration from Firm Selection PierrePhilippe Combes, Gilles Duranton, Laurent Gobillon, Diego Puga and Sébastien Roux October 2009
Paper No' SERCDP0027:
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JEL Classification: C52; R12; D24


Tags: agglomeration; firm selection; productivity; cities

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
'Gis a Job': What Use Geographical Information Systems in Spatial Economics? Henry Overman
August 2009
Paper No' SERCDP0026:
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JEL Classification: C80; C88; R00


Tags: gis; spatial economics

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Does Decentralization Matter for Regional Disparities? A Cross-Country Analysis Roberto Ezcurra and Andrés Rodríguez-Pose
July 2009
Paper No' SERCDP0025:
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JEL Classification: H11; H71; R11


Tags: fiscal decentralization; political decentralization; regional disparities; territorial inequality; fiscal redistribution

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Analysing the Impact of Public Capital Stock Using the NEG Wage Equation: A Panel Data Approach Bernard Fingleton and Miguel Gómez-Antonio June 2009
Paper No' SERCDP0024:
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JEL Classification: H54; R11; R15; C21


Tags: spatial economics; public infrastructure; productivity; panel data; economic geography

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Assessing Agglomeration Economies in a Spatial Framework with Endogenous Regressors Michael Artis, Ernest Miguélez and Rosina Moreno June 2009
Paper No' SERCDP0023:
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JEL Classification: C21; J24; R10; R11; R12


Tags: agglomeration economies; intangible assets; endogeneity; spatial autocorrelation

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Common and Spatial Drivers in Regional Business Cycles Michael Artis, Christian Dreger and Konstantin Kholodilin
April 2009
Paper No' SERCDP0022:
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JEL Classification: E32; C51; E37


Tags: business cycle convergence; spatial correlation; spatial panel model

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Simulating Wages and House Prices Using the NEG Bernard Fingleton
April 2009
Paper No' SERCDP0021:
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JEL Classification: C21; C31; O18; R12; R31


Tags: new economic geography; real estate prices; spatial econometrics

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Why Do Some Firms Undertake R&D Whereas Others Do Not? Richard Harris and Mary Trainor
April 2009
Paper No' SERCDP0020:
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JEL Classification: D24; H32; O18; O32


Tags: r&d; regional policy; matching

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
The UK Intranational Trade Cycle Michael Artis and Toshihiro Okubo
April 2009
Paper No' SERCDP0019:
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JEL Classification: E32; E41; R11


Tags: intranational business cycle; regional business cycles; income convergence; hodrick-prescott filter; euro-sympathy

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Valuing School Quality Using Boundary Discontinuities Steve Gibbons, Stephen Machin and Olmo Silva
March 2009
Paper No' SERCDP0018:
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JEL Classification: C21; I20; H75; R21


Tags: house prices; school quality; boundary discontinuities

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
In Search of 'W' Richard Harris and Victoria Kravtsova
March 2009
Paper No' SERCDP0017:
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JEL Classification: C31; O18; R11


Tags: spatial weights spatial dependence spatial models

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Spillover and Backward Linkage Effects of FDI: Empirical Evidence for the UK Richard Harris
March 2009
Paper No' SERCDP0016:
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JEL Classification: F2; L1


Tags: multinational firms; fdi; spillovers

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Long-Term Effects of Forced Migration Markus Jäntti, Matti Sarvimäki and Roope Uusitalo
March 2009
Paper No' SERCDP0015:
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JEL Classification: J60; O15; R23


Tags: migration; displaced persons; regional labor markets

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Does Urbanisation Affect Rural Poverty? Evidence from Indian Districts Massimiliano Cali and Carlo Menon
February 2009
Paper No' SERCDP0014:
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JEL Classification: O12 O18 O2 I3


Tags: rural poverty; urbanization; indian districts; india

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
FDI Location Across British Regions and Inward Investment Policy Jonathan Jones and Colin Wren
December 2008
Paper No' SERCDP0013:
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JEL Classification: O12; L20; R58


Tags: foreign direct investment; location; regional policy; grants; and agglomeration

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Survival of the Fittest in Cities: Agglomeration, Selection and Polarisation Kristian Behrens and Frédéric Robert-Nicoud
November 2008
Paper No' SERCDP0012:
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JEL Classification: F12; R12


Tags: entrepreneur heterogeneity; firm selection; agglomeration; income inequalities; urbanization; urban systems

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Education and Income Inequality in the Regions of the European Union Andrés Rodríguez-Pose and Vassilis Tselios
November 2008
Paper No' SERCDP0011:
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JEL Classification: D31; I21; O15; O18


Tags: income inequality; educational attainment; educational inequality; regions; europe

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Urban Growth Drivers in a Europe of Sticky People and Implicit Boundaries Paul Cheshire and Stefano Magrini
November 2008
Paper No' SERCDP0010:
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JEL Classification: H41; H73; O18; R11; R50


Tags: growth; cities; local public goods; spatial adjustment; local economic growth

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Family Types and the Persistence of Regional Disparities in Europe Gilles Duranton, Andrés Rodríguez-Pose and Richard Sandall
November 2008
Paper No' SERCDP0009:
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JEL Classification: J12; O18; R11


Tags: institutions; family types; education; social capital; labor force participation; economic wealth and dynamism; regions; europe

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
The Government's Review of Sub-National Economic Development and Regeneration: Key Issues Andy Pike and John Tomaney
September 2008
Paper No' SERCDP0008:
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JEL Classification: R5;R58


Tags: regeneration; economic development; government

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Prediction Using Panel Data Regression with Spatial Random Effects Bernard Fingleton
September 2008
Paper No' SERCDP0007:
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JEL Classification: C33; O10; F02


Tags: panel data; spatially correlated error components; economic geography; spatial econometrics

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Labour Pooling as a Source of Agglomeration: An Empirical Investigation Henry Overman and Diego Puga
September 2008
Paper No' SERCDP0006:
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JEL Classification: R30; R12


Tags: labour market pooling; spatial concentration

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Testing the NEG Model: Further Evidence from Panel Data Bernard Fingleton
August 2008
Paper No' SERCDP0005:
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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Foreign Direct Investment and Prospects for the Northern Region Jonathan Jones and Colin Wren
August 2008
Paper No' SERCDP0004:
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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Re-Investment and the Survival of Foreign-Owned Plants Jonathan Jones and Colin Wren
August 2008
Paper No' SERCDP0003:
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JEL Classification: O12;L20;R58


Tags: fdi; re-investment; plant survival; exit; duration analysis; grants

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Models of Regional Growth: Past, Present and Future Richard Harris
July 2008
Paper No' SERCDP0002:
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