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A model of urban growth with endogenous suburban production centers


  • David M. Brasington

    () (Economics Department; Tulane University; New Orleans, LA 70118, USA)


This paper presents a theoretical model of the spatial growth of an urban area. Its primary contribution is that suburban production centers arise as small, independent landowners respond to market forces. Other models impose subcenters exogenously and require action by large developers or government agencies. The model predicts almost no undeveloped land is present in struggling cities, but urban sprawl is the hallmark of a growing metropolitan area. There is also anticipatory sprawl: even while all industrial development is concentrated in the central city, a leapfrog zone may sprout between two residential zones in the suburbs.

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  • David M. Brasington, 2001. "A model of urban growth with endogenous suburban production centers," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer;Western Regional Science Association, vol. 35(3), pages 411-430.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:anresc:v:35:y:2001:i:3:p:411-430
    Note: Received: July 2000/Accepted: December 2000

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    JEL classification:

    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes
    • R14 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Land Use Patterns


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