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Market potential and city growth : Spain 1860-1960


  • González-Val, Rafael
  • Tirado, Daniel A.
  • Viladecans-Marsal, Elisabet


A few attempts have been made to analyse whether market potential might also have an impact on urban structures. In this paper we employ parametric and non-parametric techniques to analyse the effect of market potential on the growth of Spanish cities during the period 1860-1960. This period is especially interesting because it is characterized by the advance in the economic integration of the national market together with an intense process of industrialization. Our results show a clear positive influence of market potential on city growth.

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  • González-Val, Rafael & Tirado, Daniel A. & Viladecans-Marsal, Elisabet, 2013. "Market potential and city growth : Spain 1860-1960," IFCS - Working Papers in Economic History.WH wp13-04, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Instituto Figuerola.
  • Handle: RePEc:cte:whrepe:wp13-04

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    1. Rafael González-Val, 2016. "Historical urban growth in Europe (1300–1800)," Working Papers 2016/8, Institut d'Economia de Barcelona (IEB).
    2. David, Martín-Barroso & Juan Andres, Nuñez & Francisco J., Velazquez, 2013. "The efect on firms' Productivity of accessibility. The Spanish manufacturung sector," MPRA Paper 45842, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    • R0 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General
    • N9 - Economic History - - Regional and Urban History
    • O18 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Urban, Rural, Regional, and Transportation Analysis; Housing; Infrastructure
    • N64 - Economic History - - Manufacturing and Construction - - - Europe: 1913-
    • F14 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Empirical Studies of Trade

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