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Industry churning and the evolution of cities: evidence for Germany

1st Person: Findeisen, Sebastian
Additional Persons: Suedekum, Jens
Type of Publication: Paper
Language: English
Published: Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) 2007
Series: IZA Discussion Papers
Keywords: Stadtentwicklung
Industrieverlagerung
Städtische Bodennutzung
Stadtgröße
Stadtgeographie
Deutschland
Urban development
Urban geography
Germany
Online: https://www.econstor.eu/bitstream/10419/34390/1/552644838.pdf
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Industry churning and the evolution of cities: evidence for Germany
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Industry churning and the evolution of cities: evidence for Germany
Stadtentwicklung
Industrieverlagerung
Städtische Bodennutzung
Stadtgröße
Stadtgeographie
Deutschland
Urban development
Urban geography
Germany
Findeisen, Sebastian
IZA Discussion Papers
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Industry churning and the evolution of cities: evidence for Germany
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Industry churning and the evolution of cities: evidence for Germany
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Industry churning and the evolution of cities: evidence for Germany
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Industry churning and the evolution of cities: evidence for Germany
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Industry churning and the evolution of cities: evidence for Germany
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Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
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2007
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English
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Stadtentwicklung
Industrieverlagerung
Städtische Bodennutzung
Stadtgröße
Stadtgeographie
Deutschland
Urban development
Urban geography
Germany
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Urban development
Urban geography
Germany
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Findeisen, Sebastian
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Suedekum, Jens
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Suedekum, Jens
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In 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.
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https://www.econstor.eu/bitstream/10419/34390/1/552644838.pdf
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IZA Discussion Papers
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IZA Discussion Papers
IZA Discussion Papers
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IZA Discussion Papers
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