Inequality and city size: an analysis of OECD functional urban areas


As cities grow, both the productivity of their inhabitants and their income distribution are expected to change. While the empirical literature has widely shown how productivity (and income) changes with city size, empirical evidence on the effects on income inequality remains very limited. In addition, the few papers that study the relationship between city size and city-level inequality focus on a single country and thus do not provide international comparative evidence. In this paper, we study the relationship between city size and income inequality at a city level for a sample of 153 Functional Urban Areas (FUAs) across 11 OECD countries.


Vicente Royuela is  Professor of Applied Economics at the University of  Barcelona. He works in the area of regional science and urban economics. He is currently involved in a number of research programs in Spain and Italy funded by the EU Horizon 2020 and  the OECD ps. He is the editor of Investigaciones Regionales / Journal of Regional Research and Associate Editor of Regional Science Policy and Practice.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of the AQR Research Grup and member of the European Organizing Committee of ERSA.


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