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Desarrollo y Sociedad
This paper discusses the need to delineate metropolitan areas and current practice in several countries. It argues for the use of a simple algorithm that examines cross-municipality commuting patterns. Municipalities are aggregated iteratively provided they send a share of their commuters, above a given threshold, to the rest of a metropolitan area. The algorithm is implemented on Colombian data and its robustness is assessed. Finally, the properties of the resulting spatial labor market networks are explored.
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delineation of metropolitan areas, municipal aggregation, Colombian cities, Zipf’s Law
Duranton, G. (2015). A Proposal to Delineate Metropolitan Areas in Colombia. Desarrollo y Sociedad, 75 223-264. http://dx.doi.org/10.13043/DYS.75.6
Date Posted: 27 November 2017
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