Scaling and universality in urban economic diversification

Date: 22 February 2016

Understanding cities is central to addressing major global challenges from climate change to economic resilience. Although increasingly perceived as fundamental socio-economic units, the detailed fabric of urban economic activities is only recently accessible to comprehensive analyses with the availability of large datasets. Here, we study abundances of business categories across US metropolitan statistical areas, and provide a framework for measuring the intrinsic diversity of economic activities that transcends scales of the classification scheme.

Hyejin Youn Deborah Strumsky Jose Lobo Horacio Samaniego Luis M A Bettencourt Geoffrey B West

Complexity Economics

Scaling and universality in urban economic diversification.

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