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The Optimal Distribution of Population across Cities

David Albouy, Kristian Behrens, Frédéric Robert-Nicoud, Nathan Seegert

NBER Working Paper No. 22823
Issued in November 2016

---- Acknowledgments ----

This paper merges and supersedes Albouy and Seegert (2012) and Behrens and Robert-Nicoud's (2014) pieces. We are grateful to Vernon Henderson for his detailed and extremely valuable comments. We are also grateful to Costas Arkolakis, Richard Arnott, Spencer Banzhaf, Morris Davis, Klaus Desmet, Pablo Fajgelbaum, Patrick Kline, David Pines, Esteban Rossi-Hansberg, Bernard Salanie, William Strange, Jacques Thisse, Tony Venables, Wouter Vermeulen, Dave Wildasin, and numerous conference and seminar audiences for discussions and feedback. Albouy would like to thank the Lincoln Institute for Land Policy for generous assistance on this project. Behrens and Robert-Nicoud gratefully acknowledge financial support from the CRC Program of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council SSHRC of Canada for the funding of the Canada Research Chair in Regional Impacts of Globalization. The study has been funded by the Russian Academic Excellence Project `5-100' and the Michigan Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP). The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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