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Publications indexed in Econlit

Cheung Y., Minerva G.A. (2024) City, Amenities, and Welfare, in K.F. Zimmermann, ed., Handbook of Labor, Human Resources and Population Economics. Cham: Springer, forthcoming.


This chapter reviews the mechanisms through which amenities alter patterns of mobility and spatial distribution of population, and summarizes the role of amenities in urban development and on the inequality of labor welfare. The theoretical frameworks in the literature have gradually relaxed the assumption of frictionless spatial equilibrium, and papers can be categorized based on the endogeneity or exogeneity of amenities and the spatial scale of the research. A simple benchmark model and its extensions are used to illustrate how changes in amenities affect endogenous variables such as wages and rents, and drive the spatial sorting of labor. In this process, the endogenous amenities themselves are also subject to changes in the structure of the local labor force and the size of the regional population. Empirical evidence indicates that high levels of endogenous amenity can enhance the overall welfare of labor, but, under different conditions, they may amplify or diminish the inequality of welfare among heterogeneous labor groups, leading to uncertain changes in overall welfare that need to be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Therefore, amenities are a powerful tool for the government to regulate disparities in labor welfare. Additionally, the presence of amenities is a key factor leading to an inefficient spatial sorting of labor, which can be improved upon through specific policies.

Minerva G.A. (2023) The strategic proximity-concentration trade-off with multiproduct multinational firms. International Economics 174, 198-220.

Bürker M., Mammi I., Minerva G.A. (2021) Civic Capital and Service Outsourcing: Evidence from Italy. European Economic Review 138, 1-22.

Lanzara G., Minerva G.A. (2019) Tourism, amenities, and welfare in an urban setting. Journal of Regional Science 59, 452-479.

Bürker M., Minerva G.A. (2014) Civic capital and the size distribution of plants: Short-run dynamics and long-run equilibrium. Journal of Economic Geography 14, 797-847.

Bürker M., Franco C., Minerva G.A. (2013) Foreign ownership, firm performance, and the geography of civic capital. Regional Science and Urban Economics 43, 964-984.

Casaburi L., Minerva G.A. (2011) Production in Advance versus Production to Order: The Role of Downstream Spatial Clustering and Product Differentiation.
Journal of Urban Economics 70, 32-46.

Minerva G.A., Ottaviano G.I.P. (2009) Endogenous Growth Theories: Agglomeration Benefits and Transportation Costs, in R. Capello and P. Nijkamp, eds., Handbook of Regional Growth and Development Theories. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
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Federico S., Minerva G.A. (2008) Outward FDI and Local Employment Growth in Italy. Review of World Economics 144, 295-324.

Casaburi L., Gattai V., Minerva G.A. (2007) Firms’ international status and heterogeneity in performance: Evidence from Italy. Rivista di Politica Economica 97, 151-187. Reprinted in L. Lambertini, ed. (2009) Firms’ Objectives and Internal Organization in a Global Economy: Positive and Normative Analysis. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Minerva G.A. (2007) Natural Advantage Effect, Location and Trade Patterns in Increasing Returns to Scale Industries. Review of Urban and Regional Development Studies 19, 21-48.

Ottaviano G.I.P., Minerva G.A. (2007) Thirty-five years of R(S)UE: A retrospective. Regional Science and Urban Economics 37, 434-449.

Minerva G.A. (2005) Location and Product Differentiation in a Duopoly with Externalities. Economia Politica 22, 217-234.
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Other publications

Lanzara G., Minerva G.A. (2021) Disuguaglianza urbana e flussi turistici in Italia nel periodo 2001-2011, Allegato al XX Rapporto Annuale INPS. Roma: Istituto Nazionale della Previdenza Sociale.

Minerva G.A. (2012) Book review of “The Geography of Competition. Firms, Prices, and Localization”, by J.R. Miron. Scienze Regionali 11, 141-144.
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Minerva G.A. (2012) La variazione degli indici di segregazione etnica a Bologna nel periodo 1991-2009. EyesReg 2, 88-91.