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Aspects of the rural-urban transformation of countries

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  • J. Vernon Henderson
  • Hyoung Gun Wang

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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. Copyright 2005, Oxford University Press.

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Article provided by Oxford University Press in its journal Journal of Economic Geography.

Volume (Year): 5 (2005)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 23-42

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Handle: RePEc:oup:jecgeo:v:5:y:2005:i:1:p:23-42

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  1. Henderson, J. Vernon & Roberts, Mark & Storeygard, Adam, 2013. "Is urbanization in Sub-Saharan Africa different ?," Policy Research Working Paper Series 6481, The World Bank.
  2. Rodriguez-Pose, Andres & Gill, Nicholas, 2006. "How does trade affect regional disparities?," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 34(7), pages 1201-1222, July.
  3. Ravi Kanbur, 2005. "Spatial Inequality and Development: Overview of UNU-WIDER Project," Working Papers id:215, eSocialSciences.
  4. Kubis, Alexander & Schneider, Lutz, 2012. "Human capital mobility and convergence : a spatial dynamic panel model of the German regions," IAB Discussion Paper 201223, Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg [Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany].
  5. David Castells & Vicente Royuela, 2012. "Agglomeration, Inequality and Economic Growth: Cross-section and panel data analysis," ERSA conference papers ersa12p492, European Regional Science Association.
  6. Holger Breinlich & Gianmarco I.P. Ottaviano & Jonathan R.W. Temple, 2013. "Regional growth and regional decline," Economics Discussion Papers 729, University of Essex, Department of Economics.
  7. Andrés Rodríguez-Pose, 2010. "Economic geographers and the limelight: the reaction to the 2009 World Development Report," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 33513, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
  8. Jean-Paul Faguet & Mahvish Shami, 2008. "Fiscal policy and spatial inequality in Latin America and beyond," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 27162, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
  9. J. Vernon Henderson & Adam Storeygard & David N. Weil, 2012. "Measuring Economic Growth from Outer Space," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 102(2), pages 994-1028, April.
  10. Enver, Ayesha & Partridge, Mark D., 2008. "Rural-Urban Migration and the Intergenerational Transmission of Wealth," 2008 Annual Meeting, July 27-29, 2008, Orlando, Florida 6475, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).

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