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Cities, hinterlands and agglomeration shadows: Spatial developments in Finland during 1880-2004

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  • Tervo, Hannu

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This paper analyzes long-term spatial developments in Finland by focusing on two predictions of the new economic geography (NEG) models: the increasing persistence of locational patterns and the rising dominance of growth centers. The empirical analysis is based on regional population data from 1880 to 2004. The results support the hypotheses. Evolutions in rank and rank-size distributions during the processes of industrialization and urbanization suggest increasing persistence of regional structures. The analysis of causal processes between population centers and their hinterlands shows that these regions grew hand-in-hand in the pre-war period, whereas agglomeration shadows started to come about during the post-war period.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Explorations in Economic History.

Volume (Year): 47 (2010)
Issue (Month): 4 (October)
Pages: 476-486

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Handle: RePEc:eee:exehis:v:47:y:2010:i:4:p:476-486

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Keywords: Regional development Urbanization Growth centers Peripheral regions New economic geography Rank-size rule Granger causality Finland;

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  1. Kirsi Mukkala & Hannu Tervo, 2012. "Regional airports and regional growth: which way does the causality run?," ERSA conference papers ersa12p642, European Regional Science Association.

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