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The Identification of Agglomeration Economies

  • Pierre-Philippe COMBES


  • Gilles DURANTON


  • Laurent GOBILLON


Measures of urban productivity are typically positivelyassociated with city population. But is this relationship causal? Wediscuss the main sources of bias in the proper identification of agglomerationeffects. We also assess a variety of solutions that have beenproposed in the literature to deal with them.

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Paper provided by Centre de Recherche en Economie et Statistique in its series Working Papers with number 2010-52.

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