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On the Non-city Foundations of Economic Growth and the Unverifiability of the 'Jacobs Hypothesis': A Reply to Peter Taylor's Comment

Mario Polese
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Mario Polese: Institut national de la recherche scientifique, Urbanisation, Culture et Société, 3465 rue Durocher, Montreal, QC H2X 2C6, Canada, mario.polese@ucs.inrs.ca

Urban Studies, 2006, vol. 43, issue 9, 1631-1637

Abstract: In this reply to Peter Taylor, three points are made: Peter Taylor is correct in stating that I have not tested the 'Jacobs hypothesis'; the 'Jacobs model' (as I understand it) is, I suggest, unverifiable; and, continuing from my original article, I restate the argument that 'cities', independently, are (probably) not sources of economic growth. I end with a few words on the problem of using the term 'city' as an independent variable to explain economic growth.

Date: 2006
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