Survival of the Fittest in Cities: Urbanisation and Inequality

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ID Serval
serval:BIB_20023EE13E27
Type
Article: article d'un périodique ou d'un magazine.
Collection
Publications
Titre
Survival of the Fittest in Cities: Urbanisation and Inequality
Périodique
The Economic Journal
Auteur(s)
Behrens K., Robert-Nicoud F.
ISSN
0013-0133
1468-0297
Statut éditorial
Publié
Date de publication
03/2014
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
124
Numéro
581
Pages
1371-1400
Langue
anglais
Résumé
We develop a framework that integrates natural advantage, agglomeration economies and firm selection to explain why large cities are both more productive and more unequal than small towns. Our model highlights complementarities among those factors and matches a number of key stylised facts about cities. A larger city size increases productivity via selection and higher urban productivity provides incentives for rural-urban migration. Tougher selection increases the returns to skills and earnings inequality in cities. We illustrate a multi-city version of the model numerically and explore the formation of new cities, the growth of existing cities and changes in income inequality.
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