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Sequential city growth in the US: does age matter?

María Sánchez-Vidal (), Rafael González-Val () and Elisabet Viladecans-Marsal ()
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María Sánchez-Vidal: Universitat de Barcelona & IEB

No 2013/1, Working Papers from Institut d'Economia de Barcelona (IEB)

Abstract: We provide empirical evidence of the dynamics of city size distribution for the whole of the twentieth century in U.S. cities and metropolitan areas. We focus our analysis on the new cities that were created during the period of analysis. The main contribution of this paper, therefore, is the parametric and nonparametric analysis of the population growth experienced by these new-born cities. Our results enable us to confirm that, when cities appear, they grow very rapidly and, as the decades pass, their growth slows or even falls into decline. This is consistent with the theoretical framework regarding mean reversion (convergence) in the steady state and with the theories of sequential city growth.

Keywords: Cities; sequential city growth; city size distribution (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O18 R11 R12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 29 pages
Date: 2013
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