Why do you live where you live? The factors pushing you - and everyone else

Economists point to three factors to explain how population is distributed: geographical characteristics, agglomeration, and history. Image: REUTERS/Stringer

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Professor of Economics and Urban Studies, Brown University

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Assistant Professor of Economics, Tufts University

David Well

Professor of Economics, Brown University


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