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The Rise of the Mega-Region


Richard Florida


Martin Prosperity Institute, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto; New York University (NYU)

Tim Gulden


George Mason University - Center for Social Complexity; George Mason University - Department of Computational Social Science

Charlotta Mellander


Jonkoping University

November 2008

Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, Vol. 1, Issue 3, pp. 459-476, 2008

Abstract:     
This paper develops new data on mega-regions. It takes issue with theories of globalization which argue that global economic activity is being more widely decentralized-‘the world is flat’. We use a global dataset of night-time light emissions to produce an objectively consistent set of mega-regions for the globe. We draw on high-resolution population data to estimate the population of each of these regions. We then process the light data in combination with national gross domestic product (GDP) to produce rough but useful regional estimates of economic activity. We also present estimates of technological and scientific innovation.

Keywords: mega-region, globalization, urbanization, night-time lights, O18, R10

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Date posted: March 17, 2009  

Suggested Citation

Florida, Richard and Gulden, Tim and Mellander, Charlotta, The Rise of the Mega-Region (November 2008). Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, Vol. 1, Issue 3, pp. 459-476, 2008. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1361431 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cjres/rsn018

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Richard Florida (Contact Author)
Martin Prosperity Institute, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto ( email )
105 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3E6
Canada
New York University (NYU)
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Tim Gulden
George Mason University - Center for Social Complexity ( email )
4400 University Drive
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United States
George Mason University - Department of Computational Social Science ( email )
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Fairfax, VA 22030
United States
Charlotta Mellander
Jonkoping University ( email )
Jönköping, 55111
Sweden
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