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articles: The new intra-urban dynamics: Suburbanisation and functional specialisation in French cities

Frédéric Gaschet ()

Papers in Regional Science, 2002, vol. 81, issue 1, 63-81

Abstract: This article examines the relationships between the employment suburbanisation from central cities towards their suburbs, and the process of intra-urban specialisation that occurred simultaneously in the fifty largest French metropolitan areas. A methodology is proposed to identify urban subcentres and to analyse the effects of the intra-urban specialisations on suburbanisation patterns. We conclude that the specialisation of both subcentres and central cities has a significant effect on suburbanisation rates. Lastly, an intra-metropolitan shift/share analysis provides additional insights into the employment dynamics of central cities and suburbs during the last twenty years.

Keywords: suburbanisation; functional specialisation; urban subcentres; shift-share analysis; central cities/suburbs relationships (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: R11 R12 R14 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2002-02-07
Note: Received: 25 July 2000
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