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Saiz, Albert

Works: 31 works in 104 publications in 3 languages and 404 library holdings
Roles: Author
Classifications: HB1, 330
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Consumer city by Edward L Glaeser( Book )
19 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 75 libraries worldwide
Urban economics has traditionally viewed cities as having advantages in production and disadvantages in consumption. We argue that the role of urban density in facilitating consumption is extremely important and understudied. As firms become more mobile, the success of cities hinges more and more on cities' role as centers of consumption. Empirically, we find that high amenity cities have grown faster than low amenity cities. Urban rents have gone up faster than urban wages, suggesting that the demand for living in cities has risen for reasons beyond rising wages. The rise of reverse commuting suggest the same consumer city phenomena
The rise of the skilled city by Edward L Glaeser( Book )
17 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 51 libraries worldwide
For more than a century, educated cities have grown more quickly than comparable cities with less human capital. This fact survives a battery of other control variables, metropolitan area fixed effects and tests for reverse causality. We also find that skilled cities are growing because they are becoming more economically productive (relative to less skilled cities), not because these cities are becoming more attractive places to live. Most surprisingly, we find evidence suggesting that the skills-city growth connection occurs mainly in declining areas and occurs in large part because skilled cities are better at adapting to economic shocks. As in Schultz (1964), skills appear to permit adaptation
Downloading wisdom from online crowds by Albert Saiz( file )
4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 31 libraries worldwide
The internet and other large textual databases contain billions of documents: is there useful information in the number of documents written about different topics? We propose, based on the premise that the occurrence of a phenomenon increases the likelihood that people write about it, that the relative frequency of documents discussing a phenomenon can be used to proxy for the corresponding occurrence-frequency. After establishing the conditions under which such proxying is likely to be successful, we construct proxies for a number of demographic variables in the US and for corruption across countries and US states and cities, obtaining average correlations with occurrence-frequencies of 0.47 and 0.61 respectively. We also replicate results from two separate published papers establishing the correlates of corruption at both the state and country level. Finally, we construct the first index of corruption in US cities and study its correlates. -- Internet ; textual databases ; document-frequency ; proxy variables
City beautiful by Gerald A Carlino( file )
4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 18 libraries worldwide
The City Beautiful movement, which in the early 20th century advocated city beautification as a way to improve the living conditions and civic virtues of the urban dweller, had languished by the Great Depression. Today, new urban economic theorists and policymakers are coming to see the provision of consumer leisure amenities as a way to attract population, especially the highly skilled and their employers. However, past studies have provided only indirect evidence of the importance of leisure amenities for urban development. In this paper we propose and validate the number of leisure trips to metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) as a measure of consumers' revealed preferences for local leisure-oriented amenities. Population and employment growth in the 1990s was about 2 percent higher in an MSA with twice as many leisure visits: the third most important predictor of recent population growth in standardized terms. Moreover, this variable does a good job of forecasting out-of-sample growth for the period 2000-2006. "Beautiful cities" disproportionally attracted highly educated individuals and experienced faster housing price appreciation, especially in supply-inelastic markets. Investment by local government in new public recreational areas within an MSA was positively associated with higher subsequent city attractiveness. In contrast to the generally declining trends in the American central city, neighborhoods that were close to "central recreational districts" have experienced economic growth, albeit at the cost of minority displacement
Democracy to the road : the political economy of potholes by Albert Saiz( Book )
5 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 16 libraries worldwide
Immigration and the neighborhood by Albert Saiz( file )
2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 16 libraries worldwide
Housing supply and housing bubbles by Edward L Glaeser( Book )
10 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 14 libraries worldwide
Like many other assets, housing prices are quite volatile relative to observable changes in fundamentals. If we are going to understand boom-bust housing cycles, we must incorporate housing supply. In this paper, we present a simple model of housing bubbles that predicts that places with more elastic housing supply have fewer and shorter bubbles, with smaller price increases. However, the welfare consequences of bubbles may actually be higher in more elastic places because those places will overbuild more in response to a bubble. The data show that the price run-ups of the 1980s were almost exclusively experienced in cities where housing supply is more inelastic. More elastic places had slightly larger increases in building during that period. Over the past five years, a modest number of more elastic places also experienced large price booms, but as the model suggests, these booms seem to have been quite short. Prices are already moving back towards construction costs in those areas
The returns to speaking a second language by Albert Saiz( Book )
4 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 13 libraries worldwide
Environmental economic policy in Spain : environmental policy at micro-level by Pere Riera( Book )
5 editions published in 1997 in English and Spanish and held by 13 libraries worldwide
Room in the kitchen for the melting pot : immigration and rental prices by Albert Saiz( Book )
2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 5 libraries worldwide
Immigration and housing rents in American cities by Albert Saiz( Book )
6 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and held by 4 libraries worldwide
Is there a local economic impact of immigration? Immigration pushes up rents and housing values in US destination cities. The positive association of rent growth and immigrant inflows is pervasive in time series for all metropolitan areas. I use instrumental variables based on a "shift-share" of national levels of immigration into metropolitan areas. An immigration inflow equal to 1% of a city's population is associated with increases in average rents and housing values of about 1%. The results suggest an economic impact that is an order of magnitude bigger than that found in labor markets. -- immigration ; housing prices
The impact of immigration on American cities by Albert Saiz( Archival Material )
2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 3 libraries worldwide
Owning versus leasing : do courts matter? by Pablo Casas-Arce( Book )
2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
The authors develop a legal contract enforcement theory of the own versus lease decision. The allocation of ownership rights will minimize enforcement costs when the legal system is inefficient. In particular, when legal enforcement of contracts is costly, there will be a shift from arrangements that rely on such enforcement (such as a rental agreement) toward other forms that do not (such as direct ownership). The authors then test this prediction and show that costly enforcement of rental contracts hampers the development of the rental housing market in a cross-section of countries. They argue that this association is not the result of reverse causation from a developed rental market to more investor-protective enforcement and is not driven by alternative institutional channels. The results provide supportive evidence on the importance of legal contract enforcement for market development and the optimal allocation of property rights
Himne del Col·legi Major Universitari "Sant Jordi" by Jordi Cañón( score )
2 editions published in 1997 in Catalan and held by 2 libraries worldwide
Immigration and the neighborhood by Albert Saiz( Book )
3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
What caused the worldwide collapse in output from 1929 to 1933? Why was the recovery from the trough of 1933 so protracted for the U.S.? How costly was the decline in terms of welfare? Was the decline preventable? These are some of the questions that have motivated economists to study the Great Depression. In this paper, the authors review some of the economic literature that attempts to answer these questions
Consumer city by Edward L Glaeser( Article )
1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
Women and power unwilling, ineffective, or held back? by Pablo Casas-Arce( Book )
2 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
We develop a model that nests previous explanations for women under-representation in positions of power. Focusing on democratic electoral dynamics, our framework delineates the three types of mechanisms that may be at play: consumer demand, candidate supply, and internal party dynamics beyond electoral markets. We use Spain's Equality Law, requiring a 40 percent female quota in electoral lists, to test the alternative theories. The law was enacted by the social-democratic party after the surprise parliamentary electoral results following the Madrid terrorist bombings, and was therefore completely unexpected by regional political machines. The law only applied to towns with populations above 5000, so we can use a treatment-control, before-and-after discontinuity design to learn about the impact of female politicians in local elections. Our evidence is most consistent with the existence of entrenched male-dominated political machines capturing influential power positions within the parties
Forecasting 2020 U.S. county and MSA populations by Peter Linneman( Book )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Impairment of decision-making in multiple sclerosis: A neuroeconomic approach ( file )
in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Objective: To assess the decision-making impairment in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) and how they relate to other cognitive domains. Methods: We performed a cross-sectional analysis in 84 patients with MS, and 21 matched healthy controls using four tasks taken from behavioral economics: (1) risk preferences, (2) choice consistency, (3) delay of gratification, and (4) rate of learning. All tasks were conducted using real-world reward outcomes (food or money) in different real-life conditions. Participants underwent cognitive examination using the Brief Repeatable Battery-Neuropsychology. Results: Patients showed higher risk aversion (general propensity to choose the lottery was 0.51 vs 0.64, p = 0.009), a trend to choose more immediate rewards over larger but delayed rewards (p = 0.108), and had longer reactions times (p = 0.033). Choice consistency and learning rates were not different between groups. Progressive patients chose slower than relapsing patients. In relation to general cognitive impairments, we found correlations between impaired decision-making and impaired verbal memory (r = 0.29, p = 0.009), visual memory (r = −0.37, p = 0.001), and reduced processing speed (r = −0.32, p = 0.001). Normalized gray matter volume correlated with deliberation time (r = −0.32, p = 0.005). Conclusion: Patients with MS suffer significant decision-making impairments, even at the early stages of the disease, and may affect patients’ quality and social life
Housing supply and housing bubbles ( file )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
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