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On the Function of Two Variables of Urban Population Density

  • Ovidiu Racorean

    (Graduate Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania)

This paper is a pure theoretical attempt to explain tendencies revealed in the last decade urban researches, such as decentralization of population toward the cities suburbs, formation of polycentric cities, by a process of alteration of city traditional monocentricity, in time, due to the growth of population. It is shown that the process of alteration of monocentricity is governed by a function of two variables of urban population density. The function is developed following the observation that urban population density is dependent, in the same time, both on distance-falling with the distance from the city center- and on time-growing with the increase of population size in cities area. The city model based on the function of two variables also predicts other interesting urban phenomena, such as cities ‘’collision’’.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Urban/Regional with number 0412003.

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Length: 15 pages
Date of creation: 08 Dec 2004
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpur:0412003
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