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Keywords:

  • STOCHASTIC ACTOR-BASED NETWORK MODEL;
  • INTERCITY CORPORATE NETWORK;
  • INTERCITY INTERNET CONNECTION;
  • JOINT DYNAMICS;
  • WORLD CITY NETWORKS

Abstract

In this article, I show one possible solution to synthesis dynamics in multiple intercity networks. I adopt a stochastic actor-based modelling approach to explore the co-evolution of an intercity corporate network of 57 globalized advanced producer service firms across 93 cities, and another intercity internet network between these 93 cities, for the period 2004–2010. Stochastic actor-based models (SABMs) help to connect interactions among cities and firms on the local scale with empirically observed networks on the global scale. My analysis accounts for the co-evolution/interdependence among multiple world city networks (WCNs) and associated network changes in individual WCNs with exogenous city-related covariates and endogenous local network structures.