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Growth in Australian Cities

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  • REBECCA BRADLEY
  • JOSHUA S. GANS

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This paper is an empirical investigation of the determinants of city growth in Australia from 1981 to 1991. Our basic goal is to explain the population and labour force growth of a cross‐section of cities in the time period using variables representing the initial characteristics of cities. While we find that city growth is negatively correlated with initial size, government sector employment and a city's level of specialization, we also find it to be positively correlated with various measures for the degree of human capital investment in the city. Our results, while simple and non‐structural, mirror the conclusions of studies in the US indicating the importance of studying city level growth in order to understand economy‐wide growth.

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  • Rebecca Bradley & Joshua S. Gans, 1998. "Growth in Australian Cities," The Economic Record, The Economic Society of Australia, vol. 74(226), pages 266-278, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:ecorec:v:74:y:1998:i:226:p:266-278
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-4932.1998.tb01923.x
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    • O18 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Urban, Rural, Regional, and Transportation Analysis; Housing; Infrastructure
    • O47 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Empirical Studies of Economic Growth; Aggregate Productivity; Cross-Country Output Convergence
    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes

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