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An empirical analysis of competing explanations of urban primacy evidence from Asia and the Americas

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  • Ronald L. Moomaw

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  • Mohammed A. Alwosabi

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This paper tests the relationship between primacy and economic development for countries in Asia and the Americas. It tests explanations for primacy drawn from several social-science disciplines – demography, economics, geography, political science, and sociology. The study is one of the first to use panel-data estimators for the tests. Economic and domestic political variables are found to be important determinants of primacy. In particular, rent-seeking and dictatorial governments are associated with primacy, but the association exists independent of the level of economic development. The implication from dependency and world-system theories that current international economic interactions promote primacy is not supported. It also examines the hypothesis that primacy first increases and then decreases with GDP per capita. Copyright Springer-Verlag 2004

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Volume (Year): 38 (2004)
Issue (Month): 1 (03)
Pages: 149-171

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