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Dynamics of rural - urban migration in a developing economy

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  • T Miyao
  • P Shapiro

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This paper introduces agglomeration economies into the Harris - Todaro model of rural - urban migration in a developing economy. With the assumption of agglomeration economies in the urban sector, our model is able to explain the dynamic process of migration, starting from a 'rural-economy' equilibrium and moving towards an 'urban-economy' equilibrium. It is shown that higher expectations about urban wages and employment, beyond a certain limit, will give rise to a sudden change in the dynamic property of the economy, causing it to move from a 'rural' equilibrium to an 'urban' equilibrium.

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Article provided by Pion Ltd, London in its journal Environment and Planning A.

Volume (Year): 11 (1979)
Issue (Month): 10 (October)
Pages: 1157-1163

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Handle: RePEc:pio:envira:v:11:y:1979:i:10:p:1157-1163

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