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There is strong evidence showing that in most countries cities develop sequentially, with the initially largest cities being the first to grow. This paper presents a growth model of optimal city size that rationalizes thisgrowth pattern. Increasing returns to scale is the force that favors agglomeration of resources in a city, and convex costs associated with the stock of installed capital represent the congestion force that limits city size. The key to generate sequential growth is the assumption of irreversible investment in physical capital. The presence of a positive external effect of aggregate city capital on individual firms makes the competitiveequilibrium inefficient.

Item Type: MPRA Paper -

Original Title: A Model of Sequential City Growth-

Language: English-

Keywords: City Growth; Increasing Returns; Congestion Costs-

Subjects: N - Economic History > N9 - Regional and Urban History > N90 - General, International, or ComparativeO - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth > O5 - Economywide Country Studies > O57 - Comparative Studies of CountriesR - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics > R1 - General Regional Economics > R12 - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity-

Author: Cuberes, David

Source: https://mpra.ub.uni-muenchen.de/8431/


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