Theories of Systems of Cities
Hesham M. Abdel-Rahmanhabdelra@uno.edu University of New Orleans, USA. University of New Orleans. USA
Alex Anas firstname.lastname@example.org State University of New York at Buffalo, USA. State University of New York at Buffalo. USA
JEL classification: H23, H41, R11, R12, R13
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 ...