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Rank-size City Dynamics in China and India, 1981--2004


  • Alexandra Schaffar
  • Michel Dimou


Schaffar A. and Dimou M. Rank-size city dynamics in China and India, 1981--2004, Regional Studies . By using empirical evidence based on data from India and China between 1981 and 2004, this paper studies the dynamic patterns of urban hierarchies within the two most populated countries in the world. The paper focuses on three specific issues: the distributional form of the rank-size relation, the urban growth patterns that do not reject Gibrat's law for cities, and finally the shifts in urban hierarchies for both countries over these two decades. Schaffar A. et Dimou M. Les dynamiques rang-taille des villes en Chine et en Inde, 1981--2004, Regional Studies . En s'appuyant sur la comparaison des évolutions des systèmes urbains chinois et indien entre 1981 et 2004, cet article propose une analyse de la formation des hiérarchies urbaines dans les pays en développement. De façon plus spécifique, trois axes de recherche sont abordés: la forme de la distribution rang-taille des villes, les caractéristiques de la croissance urbaine qui valide la loi de Gibrat et enfin les changements des hiérarchies urbaines dans les deux pays. Distribution rang-taille Croissance urbaine Loi de Gibrat Loi de Zipf Inde Chine Schaffar A. und Dimou M. Rang-Größen-Dynamik von Städten in China und Indien, 1981-2004, Regional Studies . In diesem Beitrag untersuchen wir anhand empirischer Belege auf der Grundlage von Daten aus Indien und China im Zeitraum von 1981 bis 2004 die dynamischen Abläufe von urbanen Hierarchien in den beiden dichtbesiedeltsten Ländern der Welt. Im Mittelpunkt des Beitrags stehen drei konkrete Themen: die Verteilungsform der Rang-Größen-Beziehung, die urbanen Wachstumsabläufe, die der Gibrat-Regel für Städte nicht widersprechen, und schließlich die Verlagerungen in den urbanen Hierarchien der beiden Länder während dieser zwei Jahrzehnte. Stadtgrößenverteilung Städtewachstum Gibrat-R egel Zipfsches Gesetz Indien China Schaffar A. y Dimou M. Dinámicas de las ciudades según la relación clasificación-tamaño en China y la India, 1981--2004, Regional Studies . Utilizando evidencias empíricas basadas en datos de la India y China entre 1981 y 2004, en este artículo estudiamos los modelos dinámicos de las jerarquías urbanas en los dos países más poblados del mundo. Nos centramos en tres cuestiones específicas: la forma distributiva de la relación clasificación-tamaño, los modelos de crecimiento urbano que no rechazan la ley de Gibrat para las ciudades, y finalmente los cambios en las jerarquías urbanas para ambos países en estas últimas dos décadas. Distribución ciudad-tamaño Crecimiento urbano Ley de Gibrat Ley de Zipf La India China

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  • Alexandra Schaffar & Michel Dimou, 2012. "Rank-size City Dynamics in China and India, 1981--2004," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 46(6), pages 707-721, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:46:y:2012:i:6:p:707-721 DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2010.521146

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