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What may be surprising is that here the source of aggregate increasing returns is competition between firms. The mechanism is simple and fairly general. As the workforce (L) grows, the number of firms increases less than proportionately due to greater labour-market competition see (31). Consequently, each firm ends up hiring more workers. In the presence of fixed production costs, this increases output per worker. 2. From output to income per worker The concept of urban agglomerationeconomies is wider than that of increasing returns to scale in the urbanaggregateproductionfunction.
Urban specialisation One important difference between our presentation of this framework and the original contribution of Abdel-Rahman and Fujita (1990) is that we consider more than one sector. This allows us to derive Henderson's (1974) result on urban specialisation, which can be seen as a statement on the scope of urban agglomeration economies. This type of agglomeration economies based on the proximity to firms in the same sector is often labelled 'localisation economies'. For simplicity, assume that final goods can be freely traded across cities.
18) Summing Equation (18) over the n firms, dividing the result by n, and using the labour market clearing condition y=l 1(h) = L, yields YpL n eI(h). (19) h=l Hence the expected wage is E(w) = L -y -. n (20) 28 The argument generalises readily to differentiated firms. The assumption of a homogeneous good ensures that, unlike previously, product variety plays no role here. 2082 G. Duranton and D. Puga This expected wage increases with the number of firms. This is because, with decreasing returns, a reduction of employment in each firm implies a higher marginal product of labour and thus higher wages.