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Firm Fragmentation and Urban Patterns

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  • Esteban Rossi-Hansberg

    (Stanford University)

  • Pierre-Daniel Sarte

    (Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond)

  • Raymond Owens

    (Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond)

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We document several empirical regularities regarding the evolution of urban structure in the largest U.S. metropolitan areas over the period 1980-1990. These regularities relate to changes in resident population, employment, occupations, as well as the number and size of establishments in different sections of the metropolitan area. We then propose a theory of urban structure that emphasizes the location and integration decisions of firms. In particular, firms can decide to locate their headquarters and operation plants in different regions of the city. Given that cities experienced positive population growth throughout the 1980s, we show that our theory accounts for the diverse facts documented in the paper.

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Paper provided by Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research in its series Discussion Papers with number 04-019.

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Keywords: Population Growth; City Structure; Multiple Plants; Firm Integration;

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  4. Giovanni Russo & Peter Nijkamp & Aura Reggiani & Federico Tedeschi, 2011. "Commuters' effect on local labour markets: A german case study," ERSA conference papers ersa10p1376, European Regional Science Association.
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  10. Liao, Wen-Chi, 2012. "Inshoring: The geographic fragmentation of production and inequality," Journal of Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 72(1), pages 1-16.
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