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Evolving City Systems

Henry G. Overman and Anthony J. Venables

in Urbanization and Development

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780199590148
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595493 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590148.003.0006

Series: WIDER Studies in Development Economics

Evolving City Systems

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This chapter reviews the literature on the forces driving urbanization in developing countries. It presents a model outlining how globalization can lead to the evolution of an urban structure which may approximate Zipf's law. Policy implications are outlined.

Keywords: agglomeration; city systems; globalization; urbanization; JEL classification; O18; R10; R12

Chapter.  8592 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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