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Border effects and urban structure


  • Dávid K. Nagy


I propose a general model of economic geography to investigate the effect of border changes on the spatial distribution of population. I decompose the total effect into a standard "local effect" related to the change in distance from borders, and a novel "global effect" related to centrality before the border change. The global effect is especially strong in economies with a dominant central region that is home to a large fraction of the country's population. Conforming to this prediction, I show that the global effect played an important role in the population reallocation in Hungary after border changes in 1920.

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  • Dávid K. Nagy, 2015. "Border effects and urban structure," CeFiG Working Papers 21, Center for Firms in the Global Economy, revised 15 Jul 2015.
  • Handle: RePEc:cfg:cfigwp:21

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    1. Brülhart, Marius & Carrère, Céline & Robert-Nicoud, Frédéric, 2018. "Trade and towns: Heterogeneous adjustment to a border shock," Journal of Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 105(C), pages 162-175.

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