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dc.contributor.authorFindeisen, Sebastianen_US
dc.contributor.authorSuedekum, Jensen_US
dc.date.accessioned2008-05-23en_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-07-07T11:23:06Z-
dc.date.available2010-07-07T11:23:06Z-
dc.date.issued2007en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/34390-
dc.description.abstractIn this paper we show that the recent model by Duranton (AER, 2007) performs remarkably well in replicating the city size distribution of West Germany, much better than the simple rank-size rule known as Zipf's law. The main mechanism of this theoretical framework is the churning of industries across cities. Little is known so far about the determinants of local industry turnover, however. We present an empirical analysis of the excess churning index for West German cities, which describes the strength of intra-city industry reallocations that has occurred over time. We find that human capital is a key driver of growth and local industrial change, but only among successful cities. Industrial change within unsuccessful cities is strongly driven by the disappearance of old-fashioned and declining industries such as agriculture or mining. On a more general level, our results suggest that the recent model by Duranton is a powerful description of the urban growth process. Still there are some aspects that are not captured by that model, which are at the core of other theories of urban growth.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherIZA Bonnen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesIZA Discussion Papers 3180en_US
dc.subject.jelO18en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordIndustry turnoveren_US
dc.subject.keywordurban growthen_US
dc.subject.keywordstructural changeen_US
dc.subject.keywordchurningen_US
dc.subject.keywordcity size distributionen_US
dc.subject.keywordZipf's lawen_US
dc.subject.stwStadtentwicklungen_US
dc.subject.stwIndustrieverlagerungen_US
dc.subject.stwStädtische Bodennutzungen_US
dc.subject.stwStadtgrößeen_US
dc.subject.stwStadtgeographieen_US
dc.subject.stwDeutschlanden_US
dc.titleIndustry churning and the evolution of cities: evidence for Germanyen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn552644838en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen-
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