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Resetting the urban network: 117-2012

Michaels, Guy and Rauch, Ferdinand (2013) Resetting the urban network: 117-2012. BREAD working papers, 405. Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD), Durham, USA.

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Abstract

Do locational fundamentals such as coastlines and rivers determine town locations, or can historical events trap towns in unfavorable locations for centuries? We examine the effects on town locations of the collapse of the Western Roman Empire, which temporarily ended urbanization in Britain, but not in France. As urbanization recovered, medieval towns were more often found in Roman-era town locations in France than in Britain, and this difference still persists today. The resetting of Britain's urban network gave it better access to naturally navigable waterways when this was important, while many French towns remained without such access.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Official URL: http://ipl.econ.duke.edu/bread/index.htm
Additional Information: © 2013 The Authors
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Journal of Economic Literature Classification System: N - Economic History > N9 - Regional and Urban History > N93 - Europe: Pre-1913
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O1 - Economic Development > O18 - Regional, Urban, and Rural Analyses
R - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics > R1 - General Regional Economics > R11 - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, and Changes
Sets: Departments > Economics
Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: 405
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2013 10:26
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/54754/

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