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Armed conflicts and prevailing rank-size patterns in 28 African states
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Real Estate and Construction Management, Building and Real Estate Economics.
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Real Estate and Construction Management, Building and Real Estate Economics.
2017 (English)In: African Geographical Review, ISSN 1937-6812, E-ISSN 2163-2642Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Refugees fleeing conflict and oppression can affect the population size of cities within a country and neighboring countries. This paper examines how the rank-size rule of cities has changed in 28 countries located in volatile regions of Africa over the past four decades. We estimate two equation models explaining the relationship between spatial/temporal variation in cities and noneconomic factors. Although economic factors remain the principal determinants of urban growth, the prevailing rank-size patterns indicate that noneconomic factors such as armed conflicts are behind the development of most of these cities, particularly those near or bordering conflict areas.

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Taylor & Francis Group, 2017.
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Rank-size, urbanization, armed conflicts, African cities
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Economic Geography
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-217288DOI: 10.1080/19376812.2017.1301824OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-217288DiVA: diva2:1155080
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Available from: 2017-11-06 Created: 2017-11-06 Last updated: 2017-11-07Bibliographically approved

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