FSU to host Journal of Regional Science special issue symposium

A symposium and special issue on “Endogenous Amenities and Cities” will bring together researchers and invited discussants for an exchange of knowledge and ideas on a topic central to understanding developments in modern cities.

Call for papers follows. Click here for a PDF version.

The Journal of Regional Science invites submission of papers for a research symposium and special issue to be held April 26-28, 2018 at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.

The revival of downtowns in the United States has increased interest in the role played in the dynamics of local economies by amenities that vary with economic conditions. A partial list of such amenities might include restaurants, theaters, music venues, apparel stores, crime and pollution avoidance, and public facilities such as swimming pools, parks and other open spaces, public transport nodes, and sense of place projects. It could also be the case that the sheer presence of a college-educated or skilled workforce creates an amenity for other skilled workers.

A partial list of suitable topics includes:

  • General relations of endogenous amenities with commuting costs, house prices and wages between and within cities.
  • Differential valuation of endogenous amenities across socio-economic groups, and the implications for group-specific cost-of-living indexes, between-group real wage disparities, and sorting between and within cities.
  • Comparing amenity and labor demand effects, such as skill-based productivity spillovers, in explaining differences in wage differentials and concentration of skilled labor between and within cities.  
  • Spatial relations between natural and historic amenities and endogenous amenities and challenges posed to identification of causal effects.  This could be carried out for a single city or by comparing multiple cities both within and/or across countries.

Submission Deadline
November 1, 2017  

Special Issue Editors
Daniel Broxterman, Florida State University
N. Edward Coulson, University of California – Irvine, co-ed., Journal of Regional Science
Keith Ihlanfeldt, Florida State University
Mariya Letdin, Florida State University
Jeffrey Zabel, Tufts University

Papers or well developed abstracts should be submitted via email to  Preference will be given to complete papers.

Organizers and Schedule
The symposium is made possible by generous support of the DeVoe L. Moore Center and the FSU Real Estate Center at Florida State University. The organizers are pleased to reimburse transportation and hotel expenses for presenting author(s) up to $1,500 total per presented paper, as well as provide all on-site meal costs.

The organizers aim to have between eight and twelve papers presented during the day-and-a-half program with sufficient time allotted for in-depth discussion of each paper. There will be no concurrent sessions so that all attendees can attend all presentations. Participants are expected to arrive on Thursday, April 26th.  The preliminary program is as follows:

Thursday, April 26, 2018
7:00 PM    Welcome Reception and Dinner

Friday, April 27, 2018
9:00 AM    2-4 Paper Session
12:00 PM  Lunch
1:00 PM    2-4 Paper Session
7:00 PM    Dinner

Saturday, April 28, 2018
9:00 AM    2-4 Paper Session
12:00 PM  Closing Lunch

Presented papers will be considered for submission, at the invitation of the editors, for publication in a special issue of the Journal of Regional Science subject to the Journal’s standard peer review and publication guidelines.

The DeVoe L. Moore Center at Florida State University ( is an interdisciplinary unit within the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy that is dedicated to increasing knowledge and public understanding about the role of government in a market economy. The Center emphasizes the study of how government rules, regulations, and programs affect the economy and individuals.

The FSU Real Estate Center at Florida State University ( is established to enhance the academic real estate program at FSU; expand student opportunities; broaden our understanding of the economic, social, and environmental fabric of our urban communities through research; and engage its alumni, academic, and professional constituencies.

Submission Deadline: November 1, 2017  
Author Notification: December 1, 2017
Complete Papers Due: April 1, 2018
Symposium: April 26-28, 2018