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INTRODUCTION: PROCESSES OF CHANGE IN URBAN SYSTEMS

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  • *We are grateful to Utrecht University (Department of Economics and Faculty of Geosciences) and the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS) for organizing and financing the conference “Urban development: patterns, causes, foundations, and policy” on 13–14 December, 2010, which provided the basis for this special issue of the Journal of Regional Science with a selection of the articles presented on that occasion. We thank Steven Brakman for useful comments and suggestions.

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ABSTRACT The twenty-first century will be one of intensified urbanization, on a scale never before experienced. How do urban systems and individual cities change and develop? The social sciences have many different approaches to analyzing the economic, social, and spatial dimensions of urban change. We inventory some of these approaches and their implications for public policy toward cities, urban change, and economic development.

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