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Cities of our dreams?: A review of Urbanization and Economic Growth in Asia
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Today half of the global Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is generated by the 300 largest urban areas. All around the world cities are growing rapidly, and urbanization rates do not seem to be slowing down. This paper examines the relationship between increased urbanization rates and economic growth in twelve selected countries in Asia between year 1990 and 2014. The aim of the study is to investigate whether the effect of urbanization on GDP growth should beconsidered direct or indirect in the Cobb-Douglas production function and whether it depends on the initial level of urbanization or not. Panel data covering urbanization and growth rates in the countries of interest is examined. The main results indicate that urbanization has an indirect effect on economic growth, working through the factor of capital and that this effect is somewhat dependent on the initial level of urbanization.

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2016.
Keyword [en]
urbanization, economic growth, Asia, ICT capital, non-ICT capital, TFP, labor quality, direct, indirect, Cobb-Douglas production function
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-297509OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-297509DiVA: diva2:942138
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Available from: 2016-06-23 Created: 2016-06-23 Last updated: 2016-06-23Bibliographically approved

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