(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

Optimal urban population size : national vs local economic efficiency

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

KIM E. (1) ; HEWINGS G. (2) ; NAM K.-M. (3) ;
(1) Dept. of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, National Univ., Seoul, COREE, REPUBLIQUE DE
(2) Regional Economics Applications laboratory, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, ETATS-UNIS
(3) Joint Programme on the Science and Policy of Global Change, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, ETATS-UNIS


This paper explores whether the population size of the Seoul Metropolitan Area (SMA) in Korea is efficient in terms of the national economy. To undertake this analysis, a recursively dynamic interregional computable general equilibrium model with a population module is developed. The counter-factual analysis shows that national population decentralisation away from the SMA is desirable for Korea’s economic growth. However, the SMA government is likely to have incentive to maintain its population at around 40 per cent of the national population, where per capita income at the regional, not national, level is maximised


Article of periodic

published at : Urban studies / ISSN 0042-0980

Editor : Longman Group, Harlow - ROYAUME-UNI (1964)

Millesime : 2014, vol. 51, no2 [pp. 428-445]

Bibliographic references : 3 p.

Collation : 4 fig., 6 tabl.



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