Chapter 52

Theories of Systems of Cities

Hesham M. Abdel-Rahmanhabdelra@uno.edu     University of New Orleans, USA. University of New Orleans. USA

Alex Anas alexanas@buffalo.edu    State University of New York at Buffalo, USA. State University of New York at Buffalo. USA

JEL classification: H23, H41, R11, R12, R13

Abstract

Economic theories of systems of cities explain why production and consumption activities are concentrated in a number of urban areas of different sizes and industrial composition rather than uniformly distributed in space. These theories have been successively influenced by four paradigms: (i) conventional urban economics emphasizing the tension between economies due to the spatial concentration of activity and diseconomies ...

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