Evolving City Systems


This paper reviews the literature on the forces driving urbanization in developing countries. It presents a model outlining how globalization can lead to the evolution of an urban structure which may approximate Zipf’s law. Policy implications are outlined.


Overman, H.G.; Venables, A.J. Evolving City Systems. UNU-WIDER, helsinki, Finland (2010) 21 pp. ISBN 978-92-9230-261-0 [WIDER Working Paper No. 2010/26]

Evolving City Systems

Published 1 January 2010