Micro-geographic data capturing the spatial distribution of economic activity within cities in history are difficult to access. This paper discusses how tall and durable buildings can be exploited as a source of “big data” to trace the history of the spatial structure of cities. To this end, we provide stylized evidence on how building heights correlate with land values over space and time within cities, review the related nascent literature, and suggest future research areas.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Regional Science and Urban Economics|
|State||Published - May 2022|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Economics and Econometrics
- Urban Studies