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The Optimal Size of German Cities An Efficiency Analysis Perspective

Hitzschke, Stephan :
The Optimal Size of German Cities An Efficiency Analysis Perspective.
In: Darmstadt Discussion Papers in Economics, 202. Darmstadt
[Report], (2011)

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Item Type: Report
Title: The Optimal Size of German Cities An Efficiency Analysis Perspective
Language: English
Abstract:

This work investigates the interrelation between production efficiency and population size of German cities. The productive efficiency in this context is the scale efficiency, which is a result of positive and negative agglomeration externalities. The investigation is performed in a two-stage process. First, the efficiency in terms of scale efficiency is measured using nonparametric methods. The second stage investigates the relation of scale efficiency and populations size. It turns out that the optimal city size in Germany is about 220,000 inhabitants, which is almost the mean size of all German cities involved. Although there are regional differences, optimal city size remains stable as the mean size.

Series Name: Darmstadt Discussion Papers in Economics
Volume: 202
Place of Publication: Darmstadt
Uncontrolled Keywords: Efficiency analysis, optimal city size, population size, German cities
Classification DDC: 300 Sozialwissenschaften > 330 Wirtschaft
Divisions: 01 Law and Economics
01 Law and Economics > Volkswirtschaftliche Fachgebiete
01 Law and Economics > Volkswirtschaftliche Fachgebiete > Emprical Economics
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2011 12:09
Last Modified: 26 Jan 2016 15:01
URN: urn:nbn:de:tuda-tuprints-47249
Additional Information:

JEL classification: D24, O47, R12, R15

Additional Information:

JEL classification: D24, O47, R12, R15

URI: http://tuprints.ulb.tu-darmstadt.de/id/eprint/4724
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