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Retail City: The Relationship between Place Attractiveness and Accessibility to Shops
Abstract: This paper explores the role of retailers as an urban
amenity. Using data for Swedish rural and city municipalities for
2002–2008, ‘accessibility to shops’ measures are constructed for the shops
in the municipalities and in the hosting regions separately to examine the
relationship between consumption possibilities and place attractiveness in
a spatial continuum. Place attractiveness is proxied by a Q ratio for
Swedish housing investment based on Tobin’s Q. Access to stores within
municipal market boundaries is found to be relevant for the place
attractiveness of city municipalities, whereas no such relationship is
evident for rural municipalities.
Keywords: Housing; Urban amenities; Retail; Q theory; Regional hierarchy; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: L81; R12; R14; R31; (follow links to similar papers)
26 pages, January 12, 2015
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