A highlight from Prof. Marc Law, Professor of Economics at the University of Vermont

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That kind of control what it does do organization cities gould openness among those types of things Indu individual you know. I would not have thought there's a connection day but it is a fascinating connection. Yes well it's an interesting project that we this joint work with sokaia kim that washington university identity so in the in the literature on urban economics. Right there is. There's a big question about well. What determines Urban development across countries biden what determines lie. Some places have very large cities in a lot of very small ones whereas whereas other places the distribution of city sizes somewhat more equal right so economic explanations for city formation like they generally to what are called agglomeration economies slight decided that when the reason that cities form is that when people are geographically proximate that improve their productivity because it allows for better matching it allows for specialization and so on and so forth and so that's the usual story for why cities conformant in economics yum so that's a good example of that wider all check jobs all in silicon valley. Right will it's because of agglomeration effects and so forth by however it's also it's interesting to observe that if you if you look across countries like the the distribution of city sizes varies lock and it also sort of sometimes related to whether or not The political systems are highly centralized or more decentralized right and so what's my co authored. And i wanted to explore was whether sort of different patterns of federalism across different countries in the americas in north america south in central america whether that can go some distance towards explaining distributions of cities cross countries. So so so you finding connection between federalism and and cities and cities sizes and the distribution. Yes so the idea is is Is so you have some countries where for historical reasons they're very politically centralized right so quite often in these countries. You have what you call if you look at their distribution of city sizes you. There's what's called urban private privacy. There's one or two cities that sort of dominate the urban landscape. They account for the bulk of the population right and quite often the our political capitals

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