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The Spatial Economy: Cities, Regions, and International Trade

Authors: Fujita, Masahisa & Krugman, Paul & Venables, Anthony J.
Publisher: MIT Press
BISAC/Subject: BUS092000
ISBN: 9780262303606, Related ISBNs: 0262062046, 0262303604, 0262561476, 9780262062046, 9780262303606
Classification: Non-Fiction
Number of pages: 382,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: The authors show how a common approach that emphasizes the three-way interaction among increasing returns, transportation costs, and the movement of productive factors can be applied to a wide range of issues in urban, regional, and international economics.

Since 1990 there has been a renaissance of theoretical and empirical work on the spatial aspects of the economy—that is, where economic activity occurs and why. Using new tools—in particular, modeling techniques developed to analyze industrial organization, international trade, and economic growth—this "new economic geography" has emerged as one of the most exciting areas of contemporary economics.

The authors show how seemingly disparate models reflect a few basic themes, and in so doing they develop a common "grammar" for discussing a variety of issues. They show how a common approach that emphasizes the three-way interaction among increasing returns, transportation costs, and the movement of productive factors can be applied to a wide range of issues in urban, regional, and international economics. This book is the first to provide a sound and unified explanation of the existence of large economic agglomerations at various spatial scales.

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