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1st Edition

Economic Geography

ISBN 9780415701211
Published July 10, 2012 by Routledge
408 Pages 169 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Economic geographers study and attempt to explain the spatial configuration of economic activities, including the production of goods and services, their transfer from one economic agent to another and their transformation into utility by consumers. The spatial configuration, which includes both the pattern of activities on the map and the relationships between activities occurring in different places, is the outcome of a vast number of distinct but interrelated decisions made by firms, households, governments and a variety of other private and public institutions. The goal of this book is to provide the student with a rigorous introduction to a diverse but logically consistent set of analytical models of the spatial decisions and interactions that drive the evolution of the economic landscape.

The book begins by explaining fundamental concepts that are critical to all topics in economic geography: the friction of distance, agglomeration, spatial interaction, market mechanisms, natural resources and production technologies. The following sections cover major areas of inquiry including multiregional economies, location theory, markets for space and systems of cities. The final section synthesizes and builds on these topics to address two trends that provide particular challenges to economic geographers today: globalization and the emergence of the knowledge economy.

Table of Contents

Preface  Acknowledgements  Part 1 Fundamental Concepts  1. Introduction  2. The Friction of Distance  3. Agglomeration  4. Markets  5. Spatial Interaction  6. Resources and the Environment  7. The Production Technology  Part II: The Multiregional Economy  8. Specialization and Trade  9. Interregional Movements of Labor and Capital  10. Polarization in the Multiregional Economy  11. Scale economies and imperfect competition in the multiregional economy  12. Unemployment and Regional Policy  Part III: Location Theory  13. Transportation and Location  14. Scale Economies and Input Substitution  15. Labor, Rent, Taxes and Subsidies  16. Interrelated Location Choices  Part IV: Markets for Space  17. Agricultural Land Use  18 Urban Land Use: The Monocentric City  19. Urban Sprawl and the Polycentric City  Part V: Systems of Cities  20. Urbanization  21 City Size Distribution and Urban Hierarchies  22. Central Place Theory  23. Network Urban Systems  Part VI: Globalization and the Knowledge Economy  25. The Globalization of Production Systems  24. International Trade and Foreign Direct Investment  26. The Knowledge Economy

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William P. Anderson is Ontario Research Chair in Cross-Border Transportation Policy, University of Windsor, Canada.