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Delineating Metropolitan Areas Using Land Prices

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  • Eckhardt Bode

This paper proposes an approach to delineating metropolitan areas that is more general than the standard approaches in three respects: First, it uses the fraction of land prices attributable to economies of urban agglomeration instead of using commuting intensities as an indicator of economic integration between metropolitan centers and their hinterlands. Second, it identifies metropolitan centers endogenously instead of determining them exogenously. And third, it takes metropolitan subcenters explicitly into account. An empirical illustration is used to show that the approach tends to delineate fewer but larger metropolitan areas in densely populated regions, and smaller metropolitan areas in sparsely populated regions. Copyright Blackwell Publishing, Inc. 2008

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Article provided by Wiley Blackwell in its journal Journal of Regional Science.

Volume (Year): 48 (2008)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 131-163

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