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Cities in Transition

Oleksandr Shepotylo ()

No 42, Discussion Papers from Kyiv School of Economics

Abstract: Cities in transition face a unique set of challenges that came forth due to interplay of the legacy of socialist urban policies and transition to the market economy. The socialist urban policies restrained growth of the largest cities and distorted the spatial equilibrium towards more uniform distribution of urban population. The transition to the market economy reduces distortions but the convergence is slow. Housing market rigidities, inadequate urban infrastructure, and inconsistent government policies prevent people from moving to the largest cities.

Keywords: urban development; transition; cities; Zipf's law; local governance; housing market (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: P25 R12 R23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011-09
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cwa, nep-geo, nep-tra and nep-ure
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