Did an Introduction of a New Subway Line Increase the Frequency of Visits to City Center?

  • Saburo SaitoEmail author
  • Kosuke Yamashiro
Part of the New Frontiers in Regional Science: Asian Perspectives book series (NFRSASIPER, volume 19)


This study verified the increase in the frequency of visits to the city center commercial district of Fukuoka City caused by the introduction of the new subway line for the residents who live in the area along the subway line. To do this, the survey was conducted targeting university students after the opening of the subway to obtain the retrospective panel data in which the respondents answered retrospectively their behaviors before the opening of the subway as well as the present behaviors after the opening. The comparison of the frequency of visits before and after the opening becomes the analysis of difference in difference which verified the increase in the visit frequency.


Frequency of visits Increase City center Introduction of subway Retrospective panel data Difference in difference Fukuoka City Subway 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of EconomicsFukuoka UniversityFukuokaJapan
  2. 2.Fukuoka University Institute of Quantitative Behavioral Informatics for City and Space Economy (FQBIC)FukuokaJapan
  3. 3.Department of Business and EconomicsNippon Bunri UniversityOita CityJapan

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