Market Potential and City Growth: Spain 1860-1960
IEB Working Paper N. 2013/013
35 Pages Posted: 18 Oct 2013 Last revised: 18 Mar 2014
Date Written: April 18, 2013
A few attempts have been made to analyse whether market potential might also have an impact on urban structures. In this paper we employ parametric and non-parametric techniques to analyse the effect of market potential on the growth of Spanish cities during the period 1860-1960. This period is especially interesting because it is characterized by the advance in the economic integration of the national market together with an intense process of industrialization. Our results show a clear positive influence of market potential on city growth.
Keywords: market potential, urban structure, city growth, economic history
JEL Classification: R0, N9, O18, N64, F14
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