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Spatial Distribution of Production and Education

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  • Olga Alonso-Villar

    (Dpto. de Economía Aplicada. Universidade de Vigo)

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There is no doubt that people like to migrate to large cities because they can acquire a wider range of products and jobs, but also because they can exchange information and ideas in an easier way. In this respect, we will attempt to explain the formation of metropolitan areas through a general equilibrium model in which concentration emerges not only from the interaction between increasing returns to scale at the firm level, transport costs and the mobility of labor, but also from human capital externalities. Our aim is to underline the role of human capital as a factor that fosters both the agglomeration of the economic activity and cities' growth. The paper shows that there is new scope for government activities.

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Paper provided by IDEGA - Instituto Universitario de Estudios e Desenvolvemento de Galicia in its series Documentos de trabajo - Analise Economica with number 0008.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: 2000
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Handle: RePEc:edg:anecon:0008

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Keywords: Monopolistic Competition; Agglomeration; Human Capital; Education;

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