Urban Development

Urban Development : Theory, Fact and Illusion

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This is a study of the economics of development and urbanization. Its two principal themes are 1) that simple economic factors explain the spatial location of populations and industries in different countries at different times, and 2) that developing countries create crowded urban areas inadvertently by building large cities that draw people from the countryside who do not find the jobs they come seeking. It reports original theoretical and empirical research.show more

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 156 x 233.9 x 22.9mm | 447.88g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • numerous line illustrations and tables
  • 0195069021
  • 9780195069020

Table of contents

Introduction; Urban Production Patterns; A Simple General Equilibrium Model of a System of Cities; Extensions of the Basic Model - I. Growth, Technological Change and Economic Development; Extensions of the Basic Model - II. Trade, Natural Resources, and Small Economies; Econometric Tests - I. The Nature of Agglomeration Effects; Econometric Modelling - II. Population Composition of Cities; Government Policies with Unintended Spatial Impacts; Industrial Location Policies; Population Relocation - City Size Policies; Empirical Determinants of Urban Concentration; Urban Issues in China; Conclusions.show more

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a book of major importance Journal of Regional Scienceshow more

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