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Cities, Wages, and the Urban Hierarchy


  • Juan Soto

    () (Department of Economics, Universidad Católica del Norte, Chile)

  • Dusan Paredes

    () (Department of Economics, Universidad Catolica del Norte, Chile)


We present evidence regarding the unequal spatial distribution of population in the north and south of Chile which implies that even when geographical distances to the main urban center are similar, the distances in a context of urban hierarchy are completely different. Given this economic geography, we postulate that Central Place Theory provides a better understanding for the study of city size wage gap in Chile. In order to test our hypothesis, we construct five tiers of urban hierarchy using the 2002 National Census and then contrast the effect generated by the urban hierarchy on worker wages using nine waves of the National Socioeconomic Characterization Survey (CASEN).

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  • Juan Soto & Dusan Paredes, 2014. "Cities, Wages, and the Urban Hierarchy," Documentos de Trabajo en Economia y Ciencia Regional 52, Universidad Catolica del Norte, Chile, Department of Economics, revised Jul 2014.
  • Handle: RePEc:cat:dtecon:dt201406

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    Labor productivity; amenities; urban hierarchy;

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