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Towns (and Villages); Definitions and Implications in a Historical Setting

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  • Florian Ploeckl

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Urbanization has been extensively used as a proxy for economic activity.� The urban status of settlements is usually determined by an ad hoc population size household.� This paper proposes�a new threshold, taking into account the effect of local agricultural endowments.� The new population threshold is a population size, such that for smaller settlements these endowments influence their size, while for larger they do not.� This results in an endogeneous, data based threshold.� The idea is practically shown for Saxony in the 19th century.� The relevance of a different classification is demonstrated in four particular examples, the development of urbanization over time, Gibrat's law, the impact of geography on town locations and the spatial relationship between towns and villages.� The resulst demonstrate that the underlying classification scheme matters for the conclusions drawn from urban data.

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Paper provided by University of Oxford, Department of Economics in its series Economics Series Working Papers with number 536.

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Date of creation: 01 Feb 2011
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Keywords: Towns; Villages; Geography; Definition; Classification; Town size;

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  1. Ploeckl, Florian, 2008. "Borders, Market Size and Urban Growth, The Case of Saxon Towns and the Zollverein in the 19th Century," Working Papers 55, Yale University, Department of Economics.
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  1. Hornung, Erik, 2012. "Railroads and Micro-regional Growth in Prussia," CAGE Online Working Paper Series 80, Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE).
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  3. Florian Ploeckl, 2012. "Space, settlements, towns: the influence of geography and market access on settlement distribution and urbanization," Working Papers 2012/23, Institut d'Economia de Barcelona (IEB).
  4. Ploeckl, Florian, 2012. "Endowments and market access; the size of towns in historical perspective: Saxony, 1550–1834," Regional Science and Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 42(4), pages 607-618.

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