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Transport Costs and the Size Distribution of a Linearly Arranged System of Cities

  • Albrecht Kauffmann

The question regarding the effects of changing transports costs on the size distribution of cities is an important topic of systems of cities research. The so-called New Economic Geography has already given some answers to this question. One central assumption in this kind of model is a very particular, simplified spatial structure. This contribution investigates the consequences of changing transport costs for a system of cities that are located equidistantly on a straight line. In the case of rising transport costs, the main outcome of this model is worker concentration in the central large cities, while the peripheral regions lose residents.

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Paper provided by Halle Institute for Economic Research in its series IWH Discussion Papers with number 26.

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Date of creation: Dec 2010
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