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How do Chinese cities grow? A distribution dynamics approach

Jian-Xin Wu and Ling-Yun He

Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, 2017, vol. 470, issue C, 105-118

Abstract: This paper examines the dynamic behavior of city size using a distribution dynamics approach with Chinese city data for the period 1984–2010. Instead of convergence, divergence or paralleled growth, multimodality and persistence are the dominant characteristics in the distribution dynamics of Chinese prefectural cities. Moreover, initial city size matters, initially small and medium-sized cities exhibit strong tendency of convergence, while large cities show significant persistence and multimodality in the sample period. Examination on the regional city groups shows that locational fundamentals have important impact on the distribution dynamics of city size.

Keywords: City size; Distribution dynamics; Kernel density; Multimodality; Persistence (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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DOI: 10.1016/j.physa.2016.11.112

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