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This paper reconsiders the evolution of the growth of American cities since 1790 in light of new theories of urban growth. Our null hypothesis for long-term growth is random growth. We obtain evidence supporting random growth against the alternative of mean reversion (convergence) in city sizes...
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The commonly-used satellite images of nighttime lights fail to capture the true brightness of most cities. We show that night lights are a reliable proxy for economic activity at the city level, provided they are first corrected for top-coding. We present a stylized model of urban luminosity and...
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Permana and Miyata (2009) showed a partial equilibrium urban economic model to explain the existence of illegal settlements in flood prone areas in Palangkaraya City in Central Kalimantan Province, introducing the expected damage rate on household asset. Applying this new idea, one can derive...
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Given its unpredictable nature, urban sprawl in the Mediterranean region is considered an intriguing (and intricate) socioeconomic issue. Since the 1970s, urban dispersion advanced rapidly in southern Europe-irrespective of a city's size and morphology-with urbanization rates growing faster than...
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We analyze the efficiency of urbanization patterns in a dynamic model of endogenous urban growth with two sectors of production. Production exhibits increasing returns to scale on aggregate. Urban environmental pollution, as a force that discourages agglomeration, is caused by domestic...
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Entrepreneurship, being largely an urban phenomenon, co-evolves over time with cities. While this relationship is like a "horse and carriage", it is not a straightforward one, more akin to "love and marriage". In this paper I explore the co-evolution of entrepreneurship and cities. First, I...
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This paper reviews the literature on the forces driving urbanization in developing countries. It presents a model outlining how globalization can lead to the evolution of an urban structure which may approximate Zipf's law. Policy implications are outlined. -- urbanization ; globalization ;...
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One of the most notable features of literature about "new economic geography" is a close association between theoretical and empirical work. In contrast to earlier research, theoretical studies are often much more strongly focused on real-world phenomena. At the same time, empirical work is...
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