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This study tests the structural linkages of well-known theoretical determinants of overurbanization in low-income nations. It represents a general call to advance theoretically inclusive analysis using standard methodological tools in the current literature. The proposed theoretically inclusive model tests the effects of international and intra-national forces on overurbanization. Using data from low income countries for the period late-1960s-to-mid-1980s, the study presents the results of path models estimated by Generalized Least Square (GLS) with LISREL. The results show that foreign investment exacerbates overurbanization through its short-term positive effect on economic development, confirming assumptions of World Systems and Modernization theories. In addition, foreign investment seems to expand rural-urban disparity but not enough to aggravate overurbanization, providing only partial support for World Systems and Urban Bias theories. Most importantly, this study lends support to the position that overurbanization can be explained using models that consider the system of structural association among basic elements of the most important theories of urban change.



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