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Title: Effect of Urban Sprawl on Quality of Life
Author: Gómez Suñé, Sergi
Director/Tutor: Jofre Monseny, Jordi
Keywords: Urbanisme
Qualitat de vida
Barcelona (Catalunya)
Tesis de màster
City planning
Quality of life
Barcelona (Spain)
Masters theses
Issue Date: 2020
Abstract: This paper examines the relationship between low-density areas −urban sprawl− and the quality of life in the urban area of Barcelona. Following Krupka and Noonan (2009), I measure the quality of life using the price per square meter. The results show that there is a negative relationship between low-density areas and the quality of life. Namely, a one standard deviation increase in low-density areas is associated with a reduction of the housing prices by 32%. If I split the sample in tariff rings of public transportation, the effect on prices is increasingly negative as long as I move out of the first ring. Moreover, the distance to Barcelona remains a key factor in determining housing prices despite the polycentric structure of the urban area. In addition, I propose some alternative indicators to measure sprawl given the heterogeneity and morphology of the urban area. The findings are robust to the use of these alternative definitions.
Note: Treballs Finals del Màster d'Economia, Facultat d'Economia i Empresa, Universitat de Barcelona, Curs: 2019-2020, Tutor: Jordi Jofre-Monseny
Appears in Collections:Màster Oficial - Economia

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