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Urban evolutions: the fast, the slow, and the still

By Gilles Duranton

Abstract

With the use of French and US data, new and systematic evidence is provided about the rapid location changes of industries across cities (the fast). Cities are also slowly moving up and down the urban hierarchy (the slow), while the size distribution of cities is skewed to the right and very stable (the still). The model proposed here reproduces these three features. Small, innovation-driven shocks lead to the churning of industries across cities. Then, cities slowly grow or decline following net gains or losses of industries. These changes occur within a stable distribution. The quantitative implications of the model are also explored

Topics: HB Economic Theory
Publisher: American Economic Association
Year: 2007
DOI identifier: 10.1257/aer.97.1.197
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lse.ac.uk:14919
Provided by: LSE Research Online
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