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

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  • 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)

Abstract

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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  • Tomoya Mori & Koji Nishikimi & Tony E. Smith, 2002. "Some Empirical Regularities of Spatial Economies: A Relationship between Industrial Location and City Size," KIER Working Papers 551, Kyoto University, Institute of Economic Research.
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    1. Behrens, Kristian, 2005. "How endogenous asymmetries in interregional market access trigger regional divergence," Regional Science and Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 35(5), pages 471-492, September.
    2. BEHRENS, Kristian, 2003. "Asymmetric trade and agglomeration," LEG - Document de travail - Economie 2003-10, LEG, Laboratoire d'Economie et de Gestion, CNRS, Université de Bourgogne.
    3. Gabaix, Xavier & Ioannides, Yannis M., 2004. "The evolution of city size distributions," Handbook of Regional and Urban Economics,in: J. V. Henderson & J. F. Thisse (ed.), Handbook of Regional and Urban Economics, edition 1, volume 4, chapter 53, pages 2341-2378 Elsevier.

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    Keywords

    agglomeration; hierarchy principle; rank-size rule; Zipf's Law.;

    JEL classification:

    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes
    • R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)

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