The distance elasticity at short distances - A study of the library choice of Oxford students

Jan 2019 | 865

Authors: Ferdinand Rauch Kristiina Tuomikoski

Ferdinand Rauch, Kristiina Tuomikoski

This paper presents a number of facts on the use of the Bodleian libraries by Oxford students. We pay particular attention to the importance of the distance between a student’s home and a library on the choice of which library to use. This small scale distance elasticity is an important parameter for urban economics. We find a distance elasticity of around -0.3, closer to zero than observed in related studies.

JEL Codes: F14, R12

Keywords: Library usage, Distance elasticity, Gravity model

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