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Some Empirical Regularities of Spatial Economies: A Relationship between Industrial Location and City Size

  • Tomoya Mori


    (Institute of Economic Research, Kyoto University)

  • Koji Nishikimi


    (Institute of Developing Economies, JETRO)

  • Tony E. Smith


    (Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering, University of Pennsylvania)

The spatial distribution of industries and population is quite lumpy, and this lumpiness varies across industries. Nevertheless, we show using Japanese data for metropolitan areas that the locations of both industries and population are linked by surprisingly simple and persistent patterns. In addition, we show mathematically that these patterns are in turn closely related to the well known Rank-Size Rule, as applied to metropolitan areas.

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Paper provided by Kyoto University, Institute of Economic Research in its series KIER Working Papers with number 551.

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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2002
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Handle: RePEc:kyo:wpaper:551
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