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The effect of information and communication technologies on urban structure

Ioannides, Yannis M. and Overman, Henry G. and Rossi-Hansberg, Esteban and Schmidheiny, Kurt (2007) The effect of information and communication technologies on urban structure. CEPDP, 812. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK. ISBN 9780853280255

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Abstract

The geographic concentration of economic activity occurs because transport costs for goods, people and ideas give individuals and organisations incentives to locate close to each other. Historically, all of these costs have been falling. Such changes could lead us to predict the death of distance. This paper is concerned with one aspect of this prediction: the impact that less costly communication and transmission of information might have on cities and the urban structure. We develop a model which suggests that improvements in ICT will increase the dispersion of economic activity across cities making city sizes more uniform. We test this prediction using cross country data and find empirical support for this conclusion.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://cep.lse.ac.uk
Additional Information: © 2007 the authors
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Departments > Geography and Environment
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2008 14:04
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2010 09:12
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/19700

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