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The geometry of cities (reference request)

I am interested in reading up on the geometry of cities: what explains their ‘shape’ (e.g. why is the population often distributed in a rough circle)? I imagine that this is a question with some ...
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Optimal residential location and multivariate Frechet distribution

I was reading the paper "Housing Constraints and Spatial Misallocation" by Chang-Tai Hsieh and Enrico Moretti. First they define the utility function $$ \ \ V_{ji}=\varepsilon_{ji}\frac{W_{i}...
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Extending the Muth-Mills Model to Different Income Groups?

I am exploring the generalized treatment of the Muth-Mills monocentric city model covered in Brueckner's article. The model is based on an assumption of homogenous income levels across the city. ...
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Muth-Mills Model

I am exploring the Muth-Mills monocentric city model covered in Brueckner's article. It is given that consumers earn the same income $y$ and buy $q$ housing for a price $p$ at distance $x$ from the ...
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Measure of urban-ness or city density

I have a dependent variable I want to examine in relation to a measure of city density. This means city population as well as geographical spread. Ideally, it would also include a measure of ...
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What are the economic drivers of urbanisation?

It is regularly argued that urbanisation drives economic growth (e.g. here). I wonder which are the drivers that lead to urbanisation in the first place? I believe the historical case of the ...
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Why do wages not equalize across space?

In standard economic theory wages are simply prices on the labor market determined in equilibrium by the supply and demand of labor. Looking across space within countries it is however standard to ...
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How to operationalize agglomeration economies?

How most common way to operationalize the concept of agglomeration economies? I am new in research field. I even don't know what conceptual definition means.
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Is there a pull of skilled workforce from rural to urban areas?

Is there a pull of skilled workforce from rural to urban areas, i.e. is this scientifically described? Especially in the European Union.
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Brueckner's basic urban model, comparative statics

I was reading through Jan Brueckner's "Lectures on Urban Economics" (2011), which is a "rigorous, but non-technical" explanation of various topics in urban economics. It was ...
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How does the economy of a city work?

I'm interested in learning how the economy of a town is analyzed. For instance, some occupations serve only people in the town, for instance the town grocer, baker, restaurant, dry cleaner, etc. Their ...
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Research at the county-level: Macro or Micro?

Is research at the county-level considered applied micro or applied micro? The standard undergrad definitions ("micro" = "individual", "macro" = "nation") are of no help with units of measurement ...
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Textbook/Reading Suggestions for Urban Economics

I have a pretty straightforward question. What sort of textbooks or graduate readings are there for urban economics that you would personally suggest and why? Preferably I would like one that has ...
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Where do the rich and poor live in a city? (Calculus)

I am reading 'Cities, Agglomeration and Spatial Equilibrium' by Ed Glaeser. People live in a monocentric city, where consumers of heterogeneous income $y$ work at the centre of the city. They buy $H(...
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Why does everything get more expensive as cities grow in density/size?

I have long wondered why groceries, rent, and especially cially taxes increase as cities get larger since the cost per capita goes down, at least according to everything I've read including a summary ...
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Calculus and Indifference Curves in an Urban Economics Example

I am reading the paper 'The Structure of Urban Equilibria' by Jan Brueckner. It uses a monocentric city model, where all consumers earn income $y$ at the centre of the city. They buy $q$ housing for ...
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Endogenous Gentrification and Rates of Return to Education

Gentrification is, roughly speaking, the displacement or exclusion of poor people from areas with improved amenities due to higher rents and costs of living. The question I have is whether better ...
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Why is poverty worse in larger cities?

In inner cities in the US there is more poverty (as a proportion of the population) than in mid-sized cities or small towns. Do we have a definitive answer as to why this is?
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