Metropolitan Concentration in Developing Countries
The authors examine the economic, political, and cultural determinants of urban concentrations using a sample of fifty-three countries. As countries develop, the largest city's share of the population at first increases and then decreases. Foreign investment's influence on concentration also depends on the level of the development. Political and cultural factors, such as lack of democracy, government instability, and homogeneous population, all contribute to high levels of urban concentration. For many developing countries, these noneconomic factors have led to cities whose size far exceeds what would be justified by economic considerations. Copyright 1989 by WWZ and Helbing & Lichtenhahn Verlag AG
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Volume (Year): 42 (1989)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
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