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Market potential and city growth : Spain 1860-1960

  • Rafael González-Val


  • Daniel A. Tirado Fabregat


  • Elisabet Viladecans-Marsal


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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Paper provided by Universidad Carlos III, Instituto Figuerola de Historia y Ciencias Sociales in its series Working Papers in Economic History with number wp13-04.

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Date of creation: May 2013
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