The Evolution of Urban Concentration Around the World: A Panel Approach

31 Pages Posted: 7 Feb 2000

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Alejandro Gaviria

Universidad de los Andes, Colombia - Department of Economics

Ernesto Stein

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

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Date Written: January 2000

Abstract

In this paper, we use a panel approach to study population growth in primate cities around the world. We find that primate cities grow faster in relatively backward economies, and in more volatile and faster growing economies. We also find that the effects of trade policy on the growth of primate cities hinge heavily on geography. While population growth in primate cities located at or near ports does not change after an upsurge of trade flows, population growth in landlocked primate cities tends to slow down after the same event. On the other hand, we do not find any effect of political regime on the population growth of primate cities. Finally, we find some evidence that, other things equal, larger cities tend to grow at smaller rates.

JEL Classification: F1, R0, R1

Suggested Citation

Gaviria, Alejandro and Stein, Ernesto Hugo, The Evolution of Urban Concentration Around the World: A Panel Approach (January 2000). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=205448 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.205448

Alejandro Gaviria (Contact Author)

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Ernesto Hugo Stein

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) ( email )

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United States

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