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An Overview of Urbanization in Ecuador under FUAs Definition

Moisés Obaco () and Juan Pablo Díaz-Sánchez ()
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Moisés Obaco: AQR-IREA, University of Barcelona
Juan Pablo Díaz-Sánchez: Escuela Politécnica Nacional, Facultad de Ciencias.

No 201807, AQR Working Papers from University of Barcelona, Regional Quantitative Analysis Group

Abstract: This paper analyzes the urbanization of Ecuador in the period 1950 – 2010 under the Functional Urban Areas (FUAs) definition. When Ecuadorian FUAs population evolution over time is explored, it is possible to observe that the urbanization of Ecuador had its peak between 1960 and 1980. Moreover, the highest increase of population in recent decades is mostly driven by the urban growth of small FUAs. In addition, the analysis suggests that the FUAs in Ecuador are in line with the size and structure of the FUAs of a similar developing country, Colombia, and the whole OECD sample of FUAs. Finally, it is pointed that the population of Ecuador is concentrated in the FUAs of metropolitan size (1.5 million of inhabitants or more), which are below the average of the metropolitan areas of the OECD.

Keywords: Developing economies; Ecuador; FUAs; physical well-being; slum index; urbanization JEL classification: R12; R23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2018-07, Revised 2018-07
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