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A New Zealand Urban Population Database

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  • Grimes, Arthur

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    (Motu Economic and Public Policy Research)

  • Tarrant, Nicholas

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    (GT Research and Consulting)

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This paper documents a comprehensive database for the populations of 60 New Zealand towns and cities (henceforth “towns”). Populations are provided for every tenth year from 1926 through to 2006. New Zealand towns have experienced very different growth rates over this period. Economic geography theories posit that people migrate to (and from) places according to a few key factors. In order to analyse the determinants of urban growth empirically, we need a comprehensive database of urban populations over time, as provided here.

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Paper provided by Motu Economic and Public Policy Research in its series Working Papers with number 13_07.

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Length: 19 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2013
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Handle: RePEc:mtu:wpaper:13_07

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Keywords: New Zealand population; urban growth;

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  1. Edward L. Glaeser & Joshua D. Gottlieb, 2009. "The Wealth of Cities: Agglomeration Economies and Spatial Equilibrium in the United States," NBER Working Papers 14806, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Philip McCann, 2009. "Economic geography, globalisation and New Zealand's productivity paradox," New Zealand Economic Papers, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 43(3), pages 279-314.
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