College of Business and Economics
A growing literature employs distance-based measures of localization to assess the spatial distribution of ﬁrms with a focus on manufacturing across a country. We analyze the spatial concentration of a variety of consumer services ﬁrms in the Phoenix, AZ area using geo-referenced Yelp data from over 29,000 establishments. Results from a K-density approach indicate substantial localization and service diﬀerentiation among localized ﬁrms. Firm concentration varies across service cost and quality; higher quality/cost establishments tend to cluster. Our results further understanding of the modern urban landscape as cities are increasingly centers of consumption.
Digital Commons Citation
Humphreys, Brad and Matti, Josh, "The Spatial Distribution of Urban Consumer Service Firms: Evidence from Yelp Reviews" (2018). Economics Faculty Working Papers Series. 9.