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One or Infinite Optimal City Sizes? In Search of an Equilibrium Size for Cities
Journal Title: SCIENZE REGIONALI  
Author/s: Roberto Camagni, Roberta Capello, Andrea Caragliu 
Year:  2013 Issue: Language: Italian 
Pages:  36 Pg. 53-88 FullText PDF:  639 KB
DOI:  10.3280/SCRE2013-003003
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In this paper, the stylized assumption that one single ‘optimal’ city size exists for all cities is abandoned, as well as the opposite view that each city operates on its own cost and production curves. A new model of equilibrium urban size is presented, on the basis of urban costs and benefits, and then estimated on a sample of 59 European (FUA) cities. Results demonstrate that urban specificities in functions performed, quality of life, industrial diversity and social conflicts shift up and down the benefits and costs linked to pure physical size, leading to different equilibrium urban sizes. Empirical results allow the identification of city-specific ‘equilibrium’ sizes. The error term is interpreted as a measure of urban governance.
Keywords: Equilibrium city size, urban functions, city networks.
Jel Code: R00, R11

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Roberto Camagni, Roberta Capello, Andrea Caragliu, One or Infinite Optimal City Sizes? In Search of an Equilibrium Size for Cities in "SCIENZE REGIONALI " 3/2013, pp. 53-88, DOI:10.3280/SCRE2013-003003

   

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