Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/84880
Authors: 
Hitzschke, Stephan
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
Darmstadt Discussion Papers in Economics 202
Abstract: 
This work investigates the interrelation between production efficiency and population size of German cities. The productive efficiency in this context is the scale efficiency, which is a result of positive and negative agglomeration externalities. The investigation is performed in a two-stage process. First, the efficiency in terms of scale efficiency is measured using nonparametric methods. The second stage investigates the relation of scale efficiency and populations size. It turns out that the optimal city size in Germany is about 220,000 inhabitants, which is almost the mean size of all German cities involved. Although there are regional differences, optimal city size remains stable as the mean size.
Subjects: 
Efficiency analysis
optimal city size
population size
German cities
JEL: 
D24
O47
R12
R15
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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