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The impact of a pedestrianisation scheme on retail rent: an empirical test in Hong Kong

Chung Yim Yiu (Department of Real Estate and Construction, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)

Journal of Place Management and Development

ISSN: 1753-8335

Article publication date: 11 October 2011




The purpose of this paper is to study empirically the effect of a pedestrianisation scheme on retail rent, in a case study in Hong Kong.


Most of the previous studies on the impacts of pedestrianised areas on the environment were qualitative ones, and without controls. This study, in contrast, uses panel market data in Hong Kong to estimate the effect in a two‐street‐two‐period controlled model.


The results show a net 17 per cent increase in rental value of retail shops in the pedestrianised area is achieved, ceteris paribus.

Research limitations/implications

Sample size and number of case study are not large enough to make robust conclusions; some other uncontrollable variables may well be attributed to the increase in rents.

Practical implications

Retail rent is found empirically to be dependent of the external environment.

Social implications

Shoppers' preference for pedestrianisation schemes can be indirectly quantified by the change of retail rent.


This paper presents the first two‐street‐two‐period panel empirical test on the effect of pedestrianisation scheme on retail rent.



Yim Yiu, C. (2011), "The impact of a pedestrianisation scheme on retail rent: an empirical test in Hong Kong", Journal of Place Management and Development, Vol. 4 No. 3, pp. 231-242.



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