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Urbanization in Industrialized Countries: Appearances Are Deceptive

Ludwig von Auer and Mark Trede

No 2021-04, Research Papers in Economics from University of Trier, Department of Economics

Abstract: This study introduces the urbanicity index of employment. This density-based measure is derived from spatial point pattern analysis and, therefore, makes use of the complete spatial information contained in geo-coded sectoral employment data. The index accounts for both the scale and the concentration aspect of urbanization. Changes in concentration can be decomposed into inter sectoral mobility of employment and spatial mobility of sectors and further into the contributions of each sector of the economy. The index is applied to a large industrialized country and reveals that strong urbanization trends have occurred that simpler measures would overlook.

Keywords: agglomeration; concentration; index; measurement; migration (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C43 J21 R12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 43 pages
Date: 2021
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