Can't get there from here: Affordability distance to a superstar city

Danny Ben-Shahar*, Stuart Gabriel, Roni Golan

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This paper explores the housing affordability distance to a superstar city. Affordability distance is defined in terms of the increment to household income required to consume a quality- and consumption-adjusted housing unit in the proximate superstar city. The analysis focuses on Tel Aviv, Israel's singular superstar city. Affordability distance to Tel Aviv rose by roughly 60 percent over the 2000–2015 period. Further, affordability distance was elevated among unmarried, non-college educated, and immigrant households. The upward movement in affordability distance was associated with increased out-migration from the city. Analysis of panel data suggests that policy interventions including investment in regional transportation infrastructure and new local housing supply were effective in mediating affordability distance.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103357
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalRegional Science and Urban Economics
StatePublished - Jan 2020


  • Affordability distance
  • Housing development
  • Superstar city
  • Transportation infrastructure


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