A basic economic model of the urbanization process is developed. This model has its point of departure in existing models of the urban land market, and, in particular, in that class of models that takes the transport system as the focal element of any meaningful economic theory of urbanization. Building on this foundation an analytical framework is developed which determines not only the main geographical configuration of urban settlement, but also wage levels, population densities, land rents, and the overall level of poulation. The analysis is then generalized so as to indicate the economic roots of social segregation in the city. Then the implications of the analysis for the study of transport investment impacts are assessed. In addition, some preliminary propositions are presented regarding a proleptic location theory for labour-intensive economic activities in the city. Finally, the analysis clearly distinguishes three interest groups whose various interactions largely determine the economic nature of the urbanization process: employers, landowners and workers.

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  • Report/Paper Numbers: No. 28 Res. Rept.
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  • Created Date: Oct 18 2002 12:00AM