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Defining and Measuring Metropolitan Regions

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  • Freeman, Alan

This note assesses the range of options considered by GLA Economics for defining a geographic boundary for London that will permit robust comparisons with other cities for economic purposes. Based on the GEMACA method of defining a Functional Urban Area, it concludes that the best estimate of the population of London using mid-year and LFS-based estimates from 2005 and 2006 respectively, based on a core density of 1813 per square mile, using NUTS4 regions and a commute intensity of 10%, is 12,660,000 and of the workforce, 6,304,000, corresponding to a geographical extent of 4,104 square miles. The paper was originally published, and should be cited, as Freeman, A. 2007. Defining and Measuring Metropolitan Regions. GLA current issues note 17. London: GLA.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 52716.

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Date of creation: 01 Jun 2007
Date of revision: 01 Jun 2007
Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:52716
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  1. Freeman, Alan, 2004. "Measuring and Comparing World Cities," MPRA Paper 18103, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Freeman, Alan & Cheshire, Paul, 2006. "Defining and Measuring Metropolitan Regions: a rationale," MPRA Paper 52714, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 26 Nov 2006.
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