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Firm fragmentation and urban patterns

Raymond Owens, Esteban Rossi-Hansberg () and Pierre Daniel Sarte ()

No 05-03, Working Paper from Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

Abstract: We document several empirical regularities regarding the evolution of urban structure in the largest U.S. metropolitan areas over the period 1980-1990. These regularities relate to changes in resident population, employment, occupations, as well as the number and size of establishments in different sections of the metropolitan area. We then propose a theory of urban structure that emphasizes the location and integration decisions of firms. In particular, firms can decide to locate their headquarters and operation plants in different regions of the city. Given that cities experienced positive population growth throughout the 1980s, we show that our theory accounts for the diverse facts documented in the paper.

Keywords: Population; Employment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2005
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