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The efficiency assessment of big cities social and economic development: a system dynamics approach


  • Shcherbakova, Nadezda


This paper examines the actual problems of social and economic development of big cities. To assess the efficiency of this development, we have made a methodology, based on a system dynamics approach which meets the modern requirements. One of the main elements of the methodology is a system dynamics model of urban development. This model helps to determine the efficiency borders of this development, the cost of urban growth, tariffs on the urban infrastructure services. The results of such calculations by the example of St. Petersburg (Russia) are given in the paper. The elaborated methodology allows us to create mechanisms for managing urban development, directed to raise living standards of city dwellers.

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  • Shcherbakova, Nadezda, 2010. "The efficiency assessment of big cities social and economic development: a system dynamics approach," MPRA Paper 30090, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:30090

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    1. Jurijs Grizans, 2009. "Urban Issues and Solutions in the Context of Sustainable Development - A review of the literature," Working Papers 92/09 Key words: sustaina, University of Southern Denmark, Department of Sociology, Environmental and Business Economics.
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    Big City; Sustainable Urban Development; System Dynamics Model;

    JEL classification:

    • O18 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Urban, Rural, Regional, and Transportation Analysis; Housing; Infrastructure
    • R1 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics
    • C61 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Optimization Techniques; Programming Models; Dynamic Analysis
    • O21 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Development Planning and Policy - - - Planning Models; Planning Policy
    • B41 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Economic Methodology - - - Economic Methodology

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