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The effect of information and communication technologies on urban structure

Ioannides, Yannis M., Overman, Henry G., 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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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)
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Additional Information: © 2007 the authors
Library of Congress subject classification: T Technology > T Technology (General)
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Journal of Economic Literature Classification System: O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O3 - Technological Change; Research and Development
R - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics > R1 - General Regional Economics
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Departments > Geography and Environment
Identification Number: 812
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2008 14:04

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