Urban clusters as growth foci

Boris A. Portnov, Moshe Schwartz

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Urban clusters are geographic concentrations of urban places, some of which may include major cities. Unlike agglomerations, whose geographic boundaries are clearly delineated, urban clusters have "variable" boundaries, with each urban settlement being part of its "own" cluster of populated places, located within its commuting range. As our study indicates, the effect of clustering on urban growth is not uniform: it appears to be positive in low density clusters, and negative in densely populated ones. In particular, outside densely populated areas, towns surrounded by other localities tend to evince higher rates of population growth than their "lone" counterparts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)287-310
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Regional Science
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)


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