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Will coronavirus cause a big city exodus?
Max Nathan and Henry G. Overman
March 2021
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CentrePiece 26 (1) Spring 2021

Tags: covid-19; economic geography; housing markets; innovation; labour

Big cities thrive because of the economic and social benefits of proximity – but proximity also helps to spread Covid-19. Does this mean an end to the urban revival of recent years – or do vaccines herald a return to normality? According to Henry Overman and Max Nathan, much will depend on how far the forced experiments of lockdown translate into new norms.

An earlier version of this article was published by the Economics Observatory