City size distribution dynamics (2009-2010)

The project titled „City Size Distribution Dynamics in Transition Economies. A Cross-Country Investigation“ sponsored by CERGE-EI Foundation, Prague was operated by CASE Belarus in 2009-2010. The study was a joint research paper by C. Necula (Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, Romania), M.Ibragimov (Tashkent State University of Economics, Uzbekistan) and U.Valetka (CASE Belarus).

Title
City Size Distribution Dynamics in Transition Economies. A Cross-Country Investigation.

Duration
September 2009 – August 2010

Objectives
The purpose of the paper was to analyze the dynamics of the city size distribution in CEE and CIS transition economies, and identify the determinants of the variation of this distribution in time and across countries.

Results
A joint paper titled „ City Size Distribution Dynamics in Transition Economies. A Cross-Country Investigation by C. Necula, M. Ibragimov, U. Valetka, G. Bobeica, A-N. Radu, K. Mukhamedkhanova, A. Radyna“ was presented in January 2010 in Prague at GDN conference (the Eleventh Annual Global Development Conference „Regional and Global Integration: Quo Vadis?“ in Prague on January 16-18, 2010) and published in Journal of Urban Economics (under the title „City Growth Rates in Eastern European Transition Economies“, Ms. Ref. No.: YJUEC-D-10-00222).

Achievements
The main novelty of the project resided in constructing a consensus estimate of the Pareto exponent of the city distribution using various econometric methods. The authors built a comprehensive unified database for CEE and CIS countries concerning city dynamics. They also tested for non-Pareto behavior of the distribution when all the cities in a country are considered. Not only various distributions were considered, but also “within distribution” dynamics were studied by analyzing the individual cities relative positions and movement speeds in the overall distribution using the Markov chains methodology.

External links for the paper
http://www.cerge-ei.cz/gdn/interregional-research-project
http://iweb.cerge-ei.cz/pdf/gdn/IRP-cities-growth-rates-necula-ibragimov-valetka.pdf
http://cloud1.gdnet.org/cms.php?id=research_paper_abstract&research_paper_id=17126

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