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The Optimal Size of German Cities An Efficiency Analysis Perspective

Hitzschke, Stephan (2011):
The Optimal Size of German Cities An Efficiency Analysis Perspective.
Darmstadt, In: Darmstadt Discussion Papers in Economics, [Online-Edition: http://tuprints.ulb.tu-darmstadt.de/4724],
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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.

Item Type: Report
Erschienen: 2011
Creators: Hitzschke, Stephan
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
Divisions: 01 Department of Law and Economics
01 Department of Law and Economics > Volkswirtschaftliche Fachgebiete
01 Department of Law and Economics > Volkswirtschaftliche Fachgebiete > Emprical Economics
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2016 20:58
Official URL: http://tuprints.ulb.tu-darmstadt.de/4724
URN: urn:nbn:de:tuda-tuprints-47249
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JEL classification: D24, O47, R12, R15

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