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Urban growth and subcenter formation: A trolley ride from the Staples Center to Disneyland and the Rose Bowl

Marcus Berliant () and Ping Wang ()

Journal of Urban Economics, 2008, vol. 63, issue 2, 679-693

Abstract: The long-term trends of urbanization suggest: not only have more cities formed, but the leading metropolises have grown larger, with a number of peripheral subcenters developing over time. Conventional models of urban growth are limited, in that commuting cost and congestion eventually result in decreasing returns in a monocentric city as population becomes very large. We construct a general-equilibrium model with dynamic interactions between spatial agglomeration and urban development, driven by location-dependent knowledge spillovers. Our contribution allows endogenous development of subcenters to capture benefits from knowledge spillovers and offset diminishing returns from urban congestion, thus permitting more sustained city growth.

Keywords: Core-periphery; urban; structure; Agglomerative; production; activity; Endogenous; formation; of; cities (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2008
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