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About the Origin of Cities

André de Palma (), Yorgos Papageorgiou, Jacques Thisse () and Philip Ushchev ()
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Yorgos Papageorgiou: McMaster University [Hamilton, Ontario]

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Abstract: We provide a bare-bones framework that uncovers the circumstances which lead either to the emergence of equally-spaced and equally-sized central places or to a hierarchy of central places. We show how these patterns re ‡ect the preferences of agents and the e¢ ciency of transportation and communication technologies. With one population of homogeneous individuals, the economy is characterized by a uniform distribution or by a periodic distribution of central places having the same size. The interaction between two distinct populations may give rise to a hierarchy of central places with one or several primate cities.

Keywords: central place; spatial externality; congestion; urban hierarchy; R14 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2018-12-20
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