City Size Distributions and Spatial Economic Change

Sheppard, E. (1982). City Size Distributions and Spatial Economic Change. IIASA Working Paper. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: WP-82-031

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The concept of the city size distribution is criticized for its lack of consideration of the effects of interurban interdependencies on the growth of cities. Theoretical justifications for the rank-size relationship have the same shortcomings, and an empirical study reveals that there is little correlation between deviations from rank-size distributions and national economic and social characteristics. When interdependencies are considered, there is little reason for city sizes to evolve into a rank-size or any other relationship. Thus arguments suggesting a close correspondence between city size distributions and the level of development of a country, irrespective of intranational variations in city location and socioeconomic characteristics, seem to have little foundation.

Item Type: Monograph (IIASA Working Paper)
Research Programs: Human Settlements and Services Area (HSS)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 01:51
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:10

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