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Digital urban network connectivity: Global and Chinese internet patterns

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)409-428
Number of pages20
JournalPapers in Regional Science
Issue number2
DatePublished - 1 Jan 2014


Cities are not only connected through conventional infrastructure, but also through digital infrastructure. This paper tests whether digital connectivity patterns follow traditional ones. Using a generalized spatial interaction model, this paper shows that geography (and distance) still matters for an extensive set of world cities. With a view to the rapidly rising urbanization, the attention is next focused on the emerging large cities in China to test the relevance of distance frictions - next to a broad set of other important explanatory variables - for digital connectivity. Various interesting results are found regarding digital connectivity within the Chinese urban system, while also here geography appears to play an important role.

    Research areas

  • Death of distance, Digital networks, Gravity model, Internet connectivity, World cities



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