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Market potential and city growth: Spain 1860-1960

  • Rafael González-Val


    (Universidad de Zaragoza & IEB)

  • Daniel A. Tirado-Fabregat


    (Universitat de València)

  • Elisabet Viladecans-Marsal


    (Universitat de Barcelona & IEB)

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 Institut d'Economia de Barcelona (IEB) in its series Working Papers with number 2013/13.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: 2013
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Handle: RePEc:ieb:wpaper:2013/6/doc2013-13
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