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Does urban concentration matter for changes in country economic performance?

Rodríguez-Pose, Andrés ORCID: 0000-0002-8041-0856 (2022) Does urban concentration matter for changes in country economic performance? Urban Studies, 59 (6). 1275 - 1299. ISSN 0042-0980

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Identification Number: 10.1177/0042098021998927


This paper uses a novel, globally-harmonised city-level dataset —with cities defined at the Functional Urban Area (FUA) level— to revisit the link between urban concentration and country-level economic dynamics. The empirical analysis, involving 108 low- and high-income countries, examines how differences in urban concentration impinge on changes in employment, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita, and labour productivity at country level over the period 2000-2016. The results indicate that urban concentration reduces employment growth, but increases GDP per capita and labour productivity growth. The returns of urban concentration are higher for high- than for low-income countries, and are mainly driven by the ‘core’ of FUAs, rather than by sub-urban areas.

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Additional Information: © 2021 Urban Studies Journal Limited
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2021 09:24
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2024 04:33

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