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Task Trade and the Size Distribution of Cities

  • Kohei Nagamachi

    (Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo)

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       Taking account of the increasing importance of task trade in urban contexts, this paper provides a model of a system of cities in which ex ante identical locations specialize in tasks that differ in their skill intensity, resulting in a unique size distribution of cities. The necessary and sufficient condition for a power law including Zipf's law is derived, and a quantitative analysis shows that the model is consistent with the size distribution of U.S. cities. A welfare analysis is also conducted, suggesting excess agglomeration with sizable welfare loss under laissez-faire.

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    Paper provided by CIRJE, Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo in its series CIRJE F-Series with number CIRJE-F-886.

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    Length: 40 pages
    Date of creation: Apr 2013
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    Handle: RePEc:tky:fseres:2013cf886
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