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Aspects of the rural-urban transformation of countries

Henderson, J. Vernon and Wang, Hyoung Gun (2005) Aspects of the rural-urban transformation of countries. Journal of Economic Geography, 5 (1). pp. 23-42. ISSN 1468-2702

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Identification Number: 10.1093/jnlecg/lbh052


This paper models the rural-urban spatial transformation that occurs with urbanization, as driven by economic and population growth. This transformation involves the agglomeration of populations into cities, with increasing numbers of cities and increasing populations of individual cities. The paper focuses on the forces that drive this transformation, how this transformation proceeds, and what are the potential traps and inefficiencies are that may inhibit it. We also examine the issue of evolving spatial inequality under urbanization, between the rural and urban sectors and potentially within the urban sector distinguishing true inequality, from observed inequality in nominal incomes and wages.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2003 Oxford University Press
Divisions: Geography & Environment
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
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O3 - Technological Change; Research and Development
R - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics > R0 - General
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2013 09:14
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 00:25

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