The Rise of the Mega-Region

Posted: 17 Mar 2009  

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

Date Written: November 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

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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1361431 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cjres/rsn018

Richard Florida (Contact Author)

Martin Prosperity Institute, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto ( email )

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Tim Gulden

George Mason University - Center for Social Complexity ( email )

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George Mason University - Department of Computational Social Science ( email )

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Charlotta Mellander

Jonkoping University ( email )

Jönköping, 55111
Sweden

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