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A Modeling of Megalopolis Formation: The Maturing of City Systems

Authors
Journal
Journal of Urban Economics
0094-1190
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
42
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1006/juec.1996.2018
Disciplines
  • Economics

Abstract

Abstract In a spatial economy, lower transport costs for the goods which are subject to scale economies in production and consumption do not necessarily imply a more geographical concentration of such economic activities. Rather, they may result in the formation of a megalopoliswhich consists of large core cities that are connected by an industrial belt, i.e., a continuum of cities, where economic activities are dispersed over an interval on the location space. In particular, the process of megalopolitanizationis characterized by successive filling-in's of new small cities between large core cities toward the formation of an industrial belt.

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