Can history leave towns struck in places with bad locational fundamentals?

Guy Michaels, Ferdinand Rauch, 8 December 2013



The world is urbanising rapidly (World Urbanization Prospects, the 2011 Revision). Some of its rapidly growing cities, however, seem to be misplaced. They are located in places hampered by poor access to world markets, shortages of water, or vulnerability to flooding, earthquakes, and volcanoes.

Topics: Development, Economic history, Frontiers of economic research
Tags: city locations, England, France, Roman Empire

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