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Economic forces underlying urban decentralization trends : a structural model for density gradients applied to Korea (English)

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  • Economic forces underlying urban decentralization trends : a structural model for density gradients applied to Korea (English)
  • Follain, J.; Renaud, B.; Lim, G.
  • World Bank (WB)


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Title Economic forces underlying urban decentralization trends : a structural model for density gradients applied to Korea (English)
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Author(English)

Follain, J.; Renaud, B.; Lim, G.

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World Bank (WB)

Date 1979
Language English
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Subject Social Development < Education

Abstract

The rapid pace of urbanization is discussed, with reference to the structure of cities in developing countries, and the pressures of increasing population, rising incomes, and shifting factor prices. The standard procedure to document shifts in the structure of cities has been the use of density gradients. There is a quasi-universal tendency towards decentralization and the flattening of population-density gradients in all cities of the world. The shifting of density gradients is of great empirical importance to policymakers and the need to know more about the operation of various economic and demographic forces toward decentralization is suggested. An estimable structural model for exploring the specific economic forces affecting the shape of density gradients of Korean cities is presented. The indirect estimates of the shifts in the density gradients derived from the structural model are compared with the trends yielded by directly estimated density gradients. The implications of the analysis are drawn. 11 references.