Urban Dynamics and Growth: Advances in Urban Economics, 266

Edited By

  • R. Capello, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Gestionale, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy
  • P. Nijkamp, Free University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The volume aims to produce an updated collection of advanced theories and methods in the field of urban policies, and highlights modern urban policies that stem from them. Contributions stress the limits of previous theories and methods, and emphasize the new directions that are developed in the field, and barriers that are overcome, providing in this way a dynamic perspective on theoretical and methodological knowledge in the field of urban economics. Urban policies, as well as practical problems envisaged in our modern cities, that take advantage from this theoretical development are stressed.


Hardbound, 900 pages Pages

Published: December 2004

Imprint: North-holland


  • Chapter 1. The theoretical and methodological toolbox of urban economics: From and towards where? (R. Capello, P. Nijkamp).

    Part 1: Agglomeration.
    Chapter 2. Urban scale economies: statics and dynamics (P. McCann).
    Chapter 3. Beyond optimal city size: theory and evidence reconsidered (R. Capello).
    Chapter 4. Spatial externalities and the urban economy (P. Nijkamp, E. Verhoef).
    Chapter 5. Uncertainty, social capital and community governance: The city as a Milieu (R. Camagni).

    Part 2: Accessibility.
    Chapter 6. Land-use, transportation and urban development (K. Button, P. Nijkamp P. Rietveld).
    Chapter 7. Transport systems and urban equilibrium (L. Lundqvist).
    Chapter 8. Intra-metropolitan agglomeration, information technology and polycentric urban development (J. Sohn, G.J.D. Hewings, T.J. Kim).
    Chapter 9. Dual earners, urban labour markets and housing demand (J. Rouwendal, W. Van der Straaten).
    Chapter 10. Land use regulation and its impact on welfare (S. Sheppard).

    Part 3: Spatial interaction migration and commuting.
    Chapter 11. Spatial interaction models: From the gravity to the neural network approach (M. Fischer, A. Reggiani).
    Chapter 12. Commuting: The contribution of search theory (J. van Ommeren).
    Chapter 13. Ethnic concentration and human capital formation (Th. de Graaff, H. de Groot).

    Part 4: Urban hierarchy.
    Chapter 14. Advanced insights in central place theory (S. Peng).
    Chapter 15. The city system paradigm: New frontiers (H.M. Abdel-Rahman).
    Chapter 16. The city network paradigm: Theory and empirical evidence (R. Camagni, R. Capello).

    Part 5: Urban competitiveness.
    Chapter 17. Dynamic urban models: Agglomeration and growth (M. Berliant, P. Wang).
    Chapter 18. New economic geography explanations of urban and regional agglomeration (K. Donaghy).
    Chapter 19. Agglomeration and knowledge diffusion (J. Bröcker).
    Chapter 20. Innovation and the growth of cities (Z. Acs).
    Chapter 21. Cities and business (R. Stough, R. Kulkarni).

    Part 6: Urban policy.
    Chapter 22. Strengthening municipal fiscal autonomy through intergovernmental transfers (P. Friedrich, J. Gwiazda, C.W. Nam).
    Chapter 23. Urban quality of life and public policy: A survey (G. Mulligan, J. Carruthers, M. Cahill).
    Chapter 24. Policy issues in the urban south (M. Geyer).
    Chapter 25. Urban policy in a global economy (A. Andersson, L. Chatterjee, T.R. Lakshmanan).


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