Agglomeration Theory with Heterogeneous Agents

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Kristian Behrens

University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM) - Department of Economics

Frederic Robert-Nicoud

University of Geneva - Department of Political Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Date Written: October 2014

Abstract

This chapter surveys recent developments in agglomeration theory within a unifying framework. We highlight how locational fundamentals, agglomeration economies, the spatial sorting of heterogeneous agents, and selection effects affect the size, productivity, composition, and inequality of cities, as well as their size distribution in the urban system.

Keywords: agglomeration, city-size distribution, heterogeneous agents, inequality, selection, sorting

JEL Classification: D31, R12

Suggested Citation

Behrens, Kristian and Robert-Nicoud, Frederic L., Agglomeration Theory with Heterogeneous Agents (October 2014). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP10184, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2506020

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