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The identification of agglomeration economies

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  • Pierre-Philippe Combes
  • Gilles Duranton
  • Laurent Gobillon

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Measures of urban productivity are typically positivelyassociated with city population. But is this relationship causal? Wediscuss the main sources of bias in the proper identification of agglomerationeffects. We also assess a variety of solutions that have beenproposed in the literature to deal with them.
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  • Pierre-Philippe Combes & Gilles Duranton & Laurent Gobillon, 2011. "The identification of agglomeration economies," Journal of Economic Geography, Oxford University Press, vol. 11(2), pages 253-266, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:jecgeo:v:11:y:2011:i:2:p:253-266
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    • R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)
    • R23 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population

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