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Evolving City Systems

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  • Overman, Henry G.
  • Venables, Anthnony J.

This paper reviews the literature on the forces driving urbanization in developing countries. It presents a model outlining how globalization can lead to the evolution of an urban structure which may approximate Zipf’s law. Policy implications are outlined.

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Paper provided by World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER) in its series WIDER Working Paper Series with number 026.

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Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: 2010
Handle: RePEc:unu:wpaper:wp2010-26
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