Urban Growth Drivers and Spatial Inequalities: Europe - A Case with Geographically Sticky People

29 Pages Posted: 21 Oct 2008

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Paul C. Cheshire

London School of Economics & Political Science

Stefano Magrini

Ca Foscari University of Venice - Dipartimento di Economia

Date Written: October, 21 2008

Abstract

We try to combine theory with empirical analysis to investigate the drivers of spatial growth processes, welfare and disparities in a context in which people are markedly immobile. Drawing on two of our recent papers (Cheshire and Magrini, 2006 and 2008), we review the evidence on the drivers of differential urban growth in the EU both in terms of population and output growth. The main conclusion from our findings is that one cannot reasonably maintain the assumption of full spatial equilibrium in a European context. This has a number of wider implications. It suggests that i. differences in real incomes in Europe - and more generally where populations are relatively immobile - are likely to persist and indicate real differences in welfare; ii. there is no evidence of a unified European urban system but rather of a set of national systems; iii. there are significant but theoretically consistent, differences in the drivers of population compared to economic growth.

Keywords: Growth, urban system, spatial equilibrium

JEL Classification: O18, R11, R13

Suggested Citation

Cheshire, Paul and Magrini, Stefano, Urban Growth Drivers and Spatial Inequalities: Europe - A Case with Geographically Sticky People (October, 21 2008). University Ca' Foscari of Venice, Dept. of Economics Research Paper Series No. 32/WP/2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1287587 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1287587

Paul Cheshire (Contact Author)

London School of Economics & Political Science ( email )

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London, WC2A 2AE
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Stefano Magrini

Ca Foscari University of Venice - Dipartimento di Economia ( email )

Cannaregio 873
Venice, 30121
Italy

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