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Urban renewal after the Berlin Wall: a place-based policy evaluation

Ahlfeldt, Gabriel M. and Maennig, Wolfgang and Richter, Felix J. (2017) Urban renewal after the Berlin Wall: a place-based policy evaluation. Journal of Economic Geography, 17 (1). pp. 129-156. ISSN 1468-2702

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Identification Number: 10.1093/jeg/lbw003


We use a quasi-experimental research design to study the effects of a spatially targeted renewal policy implemented in Berlin, Germany, in the aftermath of the city’s division during the Cold War period. Our results suggest that over the course of 20 years the policy helped to reduce (increase) the propensity of build-ings being in poor (good) condition within the targeted areas by, on average, 1.2–3% (0.6–2.5%) per year. The estimated effects on property prices range from 0.1–2% per year. In each case, the lower-bound estimate is not statistically significant. We find little evidence of positive housing externalities or positive welfare ef-fects.

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Additional Information: © 2016 The Authors
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Sets: Departments > Geography and Environment
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2016 11:42
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2017 13:27

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