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"Romes without Empires": Primate Cities, Political Competition, and Economic Growth

@inproceedings{Karayalin2005RomesWE,
  title={"Romes without Empires": Primate Cities, Political Competition, and Economic Growth},
  author={Cem Karayalçin},
  year={2005}
}
Many developing economies are characterized by the dominance of a super metropolis. The coexistence of a primate city with a low level of economic development is not an accident, the former being symptomatic of the causes of the latter. Taking historical Rome as the archetype of a city that centralizes political power to extract resources from the rest of the country, we develop two models of rent-seeking and expropriation which illustrate different mechanisms that relate political competition… 

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