Chapter 52

Theories of Systems of Cities

Hesham M.     University of New Orleans, USA. University of New Orleans. USA

Alex Anas    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 ...

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