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Dinámica de crecimiento económico y demográfico regional en Colombia, 1985-2011

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  • Luis Armando Galvis


Economic and demographic growth in Colombia has been dominated by the largest cities. This has resulted in the common believe that Colombia is mainly an urban country. The aim of this paper is to show how economic and demographic growth has evolved, especially, the population density, since the mid-eighties. Using Markov transition chains and their spatial counterpart, we show that since the mid-eighties municipalities have experienced a highly persistent pattern in which the main cities have maintained their position as the most densely populated. In contrast, municipalities that exhibited low levels of population density have remained relatively sparse. RESUMEN: El crecimiento económico y demográfico regional en Colombia ha estado dominado por las grandes urbes a tal punto que actualmente, en términos demográficos, Colombia es un país netamente urbano. El objetivo del presente documento es mostrar cómo ha evolucionado la dinámica de crecimiento económico y, especialmente, la dinámica poblacional en Colombia desde mediados de los ochentas. Empleando matrices de transición de Markov tradicionales, así como su versión espacial, se muestra que los municipios han presentado índices de persistencia en su comportamiento demográfico. Las principales ciudades han mantenido su jerarquía en tanto que siguen siendo las más densamente pobladas desde mediados de los ochenta. Asimismo, los municipios que exhibían bajos niveles de densidad se han mantenido relativamente estancados en términos demográficos.

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Date of creation: 29 May 2013
Handle: RePEc:col:000102:010791
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  1. María Modesta Aguilera, 1998. "Los cultivos de camarones en la Costa Caribe Colombiana," Documentos de trabajo sobre Economía Regional y Urbana 02, Banco de la Republica de Colombia.
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