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Determinants of city growth in Brazil

da Mata, D. and Deichmann, U. and Henderson, J. V. and Lall, S. V. and Wang, H. G. (2007) Determinants of city growth in Brazil. Journal of Urban Economics, 62 (2). pp. 252-272. ISSN 0094-1190

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.jue.2006.08.010

Abstract

In this paper, we examine the determinants of Brazilian city growth between 1970 and 2000. We consider a model of a city, which combines aspects of standard urban economics and the new economic geography literature. For the empirical analysis, we constructed a dataset of 123 Brazilian agglomerations, and estimate aspects of the demand and supply side as well as a reduced form specification that describes city sizes and their growth. Our main findings are that decreases in rural income opportunities, increases in market potential for goods and labor force quality and reduction in intercity-transport costs have strong impacts on city growth. We also find that local crime and violence, measured by homicide rates impinge on growth.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/00941...
Additional Information: © 2006 Elsevier Inc.
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
JEL classification: O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O1 - Economic Development > O18 - Regional, Urban, and Rural Analyses
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O5 - Economywide Country Studies > O54 - Latin America; Caribbean
R - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics > R1 - General Regional Economics > R11 - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, and Changes
Sets: Departments > Geography and Environment
Collections > Economists Online
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2013 09:16
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2014 11:49
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/52076

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