Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/53253
Authors: 
Quaas, Martin F.
Smulders, Sjak
Year of Publication: 
2008
Series/Report no.: 
Nota di lavoro // Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei: Sustainable development 75.2008
Abstract: 
We analyze the efficiency of urbanization patterns in a dynamic model of endogenous urban growth with two sectors of production. Production exhibits increasing returns to scale on aggregate. Urban environmental pollution, as a force that discourages agglomeration, is caused by domestic production. We show that cities are too large and too few in number in equilibrium, compared to the efficient urbanization path, if economic growth implies increasing aggregate emissions. If, on the other hand, production becomes cleaner over time (`quality growth') the urbanization path approximates the efficient outcome after finite time.
Subjects: 
Cities
Urbanisation
Pollution
Growth
Migration
Sustainable Development
JEL: 
Q56
R12
O18
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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