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Some Empirical Regularities of Spatial Economies: A Relationship between Industrial Location and City Size

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  • Tomoya Mori

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    (Institute of Economic Research, Kyoto University)

  • Koji Nishikimi

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    (Institute of Developing Economies, JETRO)

  • Tony E. Smith

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    (Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering, University of Pennsylvania)

Abstract

The spatial distribution of industries and population is quite lumpy, and this lumpiness varies across industries. Nevertheless, we show using Japanese data for metropolitan areas that the locations of both industries and population are linked by surprisingly simple and persistent patterns. In addition, we show mathematically that these patterns are in turn closely related to the well known Rank-Size Rule, as applied to metropolitan areas.

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Paper provided by Kyoto University, Institute of Economic Research in its series KIER Working Papers with number 551.

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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2002
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Handle: RePEc:kyo:wpaper:551

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Keywords: agglomeration; hierarchy principle; rank-size rule; Zipf's Law.;

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  1. Xavier Gabaix & Yannis M. Ioannides, 2003. "The Evolution of City Size Distributions," Discussion Papers Series, Department of Economics, Tufts University 0310, Department of Economics, Tufts University.
  2. BEHRENS, Kristian, . "How endogenous asymmetries in interregional market access trigger regional divergence," CORE Discussion Papers RP -1778, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).

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