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TUNISIAN COASTAL CITIES ATTRACTIVENESS AND AMENITIES

Foued Ben Said

Theoretical and Empirical Researches in Urban Management, 2015, vol. 10, issue 3, 49-70

Abstract: The aim of this paper is to explain the density variation among coastal cities by the availability of amenities inside cities. A spatial index of cities attractiveness is computed through the Kulldorff scan statistic technique. Spatial pattern of density clusters revealed that northern delegations are more attractive than southern delegations and historical business centers of big cities become less attractive for residential population. To assess the spatial interdependence between delegations and the impact of amenities on spatial density pattern a spatial Durbin model is used. Estimation results show that delegations with high level of basic amenities like health and educational amenities are the more attractive. Delegations with high level of luxurious amenities like clinics, kids clubs and post offices exert a positive spillover effect on surrounding delegations. The lack of hospitals in a typical delegation exerted a negative indirect effect on population density inside surrounding delegations.

Keywords: urban population density; amenities; coastal cities; spatial Durbin model; scan statistic. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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