Special Issue "Urban Economics, City Development and Future Social Challenges"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Urban and Rural Development".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Carmelo Maria Torre
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Department of Civil Engineering Sciences and Architecture (DiCAR), Polytechnic University of Bari, Via Orabona 4, 70125 Bari, Italy
Interests: real estate and urban economics; urban management; decision support systems in spatial planning
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Dr. Alessandro Bonifazi
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Department of Civil Engineering Sciences and Architecture (DiCAR), Polytechnic University of Bari, Via Orabona 4, 70125 Bari, Italy
Interests: urban economics; urban management; decision support systems in planning; urban democracy; sustainable development models; social studies
Prof. Dr. Maria Cerreta
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Department of Architecture (DiARC), University of Naples "Federico II", Via Toledo 402, 80134 Napoli, Italy
Interests: complex values; Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis; integrated assessment; hybrid decision-making processes

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Future forecasts about urban development are characterized by a high degree of uncertainty, depending on a future based on social fragmentation, real estate market segmentation, and increasing differentiation of demand for services and facilities. The demand for urban democracy and social justice is often based on the development of a new shared urban economy. The concept of an enlarged public urban development, at the same time, affects the quality of urban environments. As consequence, in the current era, studies of urban economics address the attention towards the multiplicity of factors that determine the welfare of cities, neighbors, and peripheries. Finally, we should not forget that urban economy values are related not only to physical facilities and services, but also to the answer to unmaterial needs that need a place in the City of the New Era. 

As consequence, scholars in urban disciplines are often called to depict multiple views of the future economy of cities.

Researchers and scholars are invited to identify and describe those factors that will represent the future driver of economy in the evolving urban environment.

Colleagues are invited to submit papers that will show, hopefully, new approaches referring (though not exclusively) to the following topics: evolutionary studies on urban development, comparative analyses of urban experiences, descriptive/quantitative/qualitative modeling for real estate studies, and studies on the influence of demographic, ethnic, and social phenomena in the economy of cities of the beginning third millennium.

Prof. Dr. Carmelo Maria Torre
Dr. Alessandro Bonifazi
Prof. Dr. Maria Cerreta
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Keywords

  • sustainable urban development
  • urban fragmentation
  • urban justice
  • city environment models
  • real estate studies
  • urban drivers
  • complexity and economic urban modeling
  • spatial multidimensional analyses
  • spatial multicriteria assessment

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Does Institutional Embeddedness Promote Regional Enterprises’ Migration? An Empirical Analysis Based on the “Double Transfer” Strategy in Guangdong, China
Sustainability 2020, 12(7), 2908; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12072908 - 06 Apr 2020
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Against the background of globalization, institutional embeddedness has become an important theoretical tool to understand the changes in regional economic patterns. This paper starts by discussing the theory of location choice of enterprises and then uses the statistical method of negative binomial regression [...] Read more.
Against the background of globalization, institutional embeddedness has become an important theoretical tool to understand the changes in regional economic patterns. This paper starts by discussing the theory of location choice of enterprises and then uses the statistical method of negative binomial regression to analyze the impact factors of enterprises’ transfer from the perspective of institutional embeddedness by taking Guangdong Province, China, as a case study area. It was found that informal institutional factors such as the same language, the same industry, and geographical proximity have significant positive effects on the transfer of regional enterprises. Formal institutions such as counterpart assistance are the core driving force of enterprise transfer, while traditional economic factors such as cost comparative advantage have no significant impact on the transfer of regional enterprises. This research shows that the transfer of regional enterprises is greatly influenced by the current regional institutional environment. Therefore, it is important for future policy makers to consider the regional institutional environment and to deepen regional institutional embeddedness to advance urban and regional development. Full article
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A Feasibility Analysis of The Refurbishment Investments in The Italian Residential Market
Sustainability 2020, 12(6), 2503; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12062503 - 23 Mar 2020
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In the present research the financial convenience of refurbishment investments concerning residential properties located in the Italian territory was analyzed. The study aimed at determining the unit profit range for a potential investor deriving from the refurbishment of residential properties and contextualizing the [...] Read more.
In the present research the financial convenience of refurbishment investments concerning residential properties located in the Italian territory was analyzed. The study aimed at determining the unit profit range for a potential investor deriving from the refurbishment of residential properties and contextualizing the analysis to the Italian provincial capitals. With reference to the three macro-areas that for geographic and socio-economic differences define the Italian territory, namely the North, Center, South and Islands, three financial convenience maps were elaborated with the aim of providing a useful support in the investment choices of private and public operators. In particular, the financial convenience maps could guide the private operators in their investment decisions through a higher awareness of the achievable earnings and could help to identify the optimal allocation of financial resources due to the increase in the market value of the refurbished property. For the public administrations, instead, the study will be a useful reference for the calibration of the fiscal policy decisions regarding the incentives for building refurbishment at the different territorial scales and of the tax revenues related to the increase in the market value of the refurbished properties. Full article
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What Factors Affect the Level of Green Urbanization in the Yellow River Basin in the Context of New-Type Urbanization?
Sustainability 2020, 12(6), 2488; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12062488 - 22 Mar 2020
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Promoting new-type urbanization with the concept of green development has become an inevitable requirement for high-quality development in the Yellow River Basin. Grasping the development trend and influencing factors of green urbanization level in the Yellow River Basin is of great significance for [...] Read more.
Promoting new-type urbanization with the concept of green development has become an inevitable requirement for high-quality development in the Yellow River Basin. Grasping the development trend and influencing factors of green urbanization level in the Yellow River Basin is of great significance for implementing the international conventions on environmental protection and participating in global environmental governance. This paper selects the green urbanization level panel data of nine provinces in the Yellow River Basin from 2006 to 2018. Then, principal component analysis and factor analysis are applied to measure and evaluate the green urbanization level of each province. Furthermore, this paper constructs a dynamic panel estimation model and uses differential generalized method of moments (DIF-GMM) model and system generalized method of moments (SYS-GMM) model to explore the influencing factors. The results show that the overall level of green urbanization in the Yellow River Basin has steadily and rapidly increased, and there are significant spatial differences. The green urbanization level of eastern provinces is significantly higher than that of central and western provinces. In addition, the overall level of green urbanization shows a convergence trend. From the perspective of influencing factors, the factors that have significant positive effects on the level of green urbanization include economic development level, technological innovation level, and urban size. Industrial structure, foreign direct investment (FDI), and education level counteract the level of green urbanization. However, environmental regulation strength and opening degree fail to pass the significance test. Therefore, it is necessary to promote and upgrade industrial transformation, improve the quality of opening up, and strengthen cooperation in technological innovation and environmental governance. There are requirements that the government control the urban size and population scientifically and implement the environmental access system strictly in order to improve the level of green urbanization in the Yellow River Basin. It is more possible to achieve harmonious economic and ecological environment development. Full article
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Spatial Pattern and Effects of Urban Coordinated Development in China’s Urbanization
by Hao Liu and Lin Ma
Sustainability 2020, 12(6), 2389; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12062389 - 19 Mar 2020
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Regional urbanization in China has made formidable progress in, among other things, economic growth and urban sprawl, but local development is undergoing severe stress with irreversible impacts for urban ecological environment. Furthermore, spatial interactions are proved to be related to urban coordinated development. [...] Read more.
Regional urbanization in China has made formidable progress in, among other things, economic growth and urban sprawl, but local development is undergoing severe stress with irreversible impacts for urban ecological environment. Furthermore, spatial interactions are proved to be related to urban coordinated development. However, this spatial effect cannot usually be found in the literature. Based on the concept of coordinated development, the interaction among the economic, social and ecological systems of cities at prefecture level and above in China can be modeled by a coupling coordination model, and then analyzed using spatial analysis methods and spatial econometrics models, which can explain the patterns in spatial variation and its evolutionary trends. The results show that urban coordinated development has an apparent spatial heterogeneity, and East China develops better than West China. Moreover, urban coordinated development has an increasing global trend, which mainly results from East China, while the other regions cannot provide a definite boost. Lastly, there is an evident spatial dependence in urban coordinated development, which is positively influenced by an area’s own previous condition and its neighboring cities. Furthermore, population size, local GDP and green land, etc. have spatial spillover effects on urban coordinated development in China. Full article
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