This programme considers the dynamics of the spatial economy in detail: how cities, regions and communities evolve over time, and the nature of the linkages between places.
One set of issues here is the way in which within-city disparities originate and evolve over time. We explore the role of population composition, sorting and place-based effects through time, and how these factors germinate into changes in wages, house prices and employment patterns in cities.
Globalisation also has important implications for the evolution of the UK spatial economy. As market integration shapes trade flows, affected industries are often spatially concentrated so that large local effects may be felt even if the national effect is small. We are exploring the extent to which trade flows affect spatial disparities. Making links with the programme 'The Causes of Spatial Disparities', SERC researchers are also exploring the wider impacts of immigration on the evolution of spatial economies.
We are also interested in the deep history of the UK urban system. In the UK, current spatial disparities have persisted since the 1920s, although they show an almost complete reversal from those experienced before 1914. So were industrial cities just a short-term blip in the historical pattern of urban development? Or is path-dependence so strong that our cities will persist in the form thrown up by the industrial revolution? We are creating entirely new data sets to help answer these questions, covering all major Western Europe cities from 1600 to the present day, and providing detailed coverage for UK cities over the past 150 years.
The Vertical City: The Price of Land and the Height of Buildings in Chicago 1870-2010
Urban Development and Air Pollution: Evidence from a Global Panel of Cities
Urban Renewal after the Berlin Wall
Historic Amenities, Income and Sorting of Households
The Economics of Density: Evidence from the Berlin Wall
If We Build, Will They Pay? Predicting Property Price Effects of Transport Innovations
Spatial Costs in a Monocentric City (And Implications for Agglomeration)
The Fundamental Law of Road Congestion: Evidence from US Cities
Business as Unusual. An Explanation of the Increase of Private Economic Activity in High-Conflict Areas in Afghanistan
Exploring the Geography of China's Airport Networks: A Hybrid Complex-Network Approach
Relocation of Public Sector Workers: Evaluating a Place-based Policy
Down and Out in Italian Towns: Measuring the Impact of Economic Downturns on Crime
The Size Distribution Across All "Cities": A Unifying Approach
Specialization and Regional Economic Development
Is Pennine England becoming more Polycentric or more Centripetal? An Analysis of Commuting Flows in a Transforming Industrial Region, 1981-2001
Great Britain’s Second-Order City Regions in Recessions, 1978-2010
Estimating and Forecasting with a Dynamic Spatial Panel Data Model
Geographic Concentration and the Temporal Scope of Agglomeration Economies: An Index Decomposition
From Russia with Love: The Impact of Relocated Firms on Incumbent Survival
Tracking Unemployment in Wales Through Recession and into Recovery
The Fluctuating Record of Economic Regeneration in England's Second-Order City Regions, 1984-2007
Analysing the Impact of Public Capital Stock Using the NEG Wage Equation: A Panel Data Approach
Common and Spatial Drivers in Regional Business Cycles
Simulating Wages and House Prices Using the NEG
In Search of 'W'
Does Urbanisation Affect Rural Poverty? Evidence from Indian Districts
Prediction Using Panel Data Regression with Spatial Random Effects
Testing the NEG Model: Further Evidence from Panel Data
Cheap Imports and the Loss of U.S. Manufacturing Jobs
Trade Liberalisation Does Not Always Raise Wage Premia: Evidence from Ugandan Districts
Regional Manufacturing Wages: Dancing to the Tune of Trade Shocks
The Impact of Immigration on Occupational Wages: Evidence from Britain
Trade, Wages and Productivity
Productivity and Firm Selection: Quantifying the "New" Gains from Trade
Urban Growth Drivers in a Europe of Sticky People and Implicit Boundaries
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