This landmark textbook introduces students to the principles of regional science and focuses on the key methods used in regional analysis, including regional and interregional input-output analysis, econometrics (regional and spatial), programming and industrial and urban complex analysis, gravity and spatial interaction models, SAM and social accounting (welfare) analysis and applied general interregional equilibrium models. The coherent development of the materials contained in the set of chapters provides students with a comprehensive background and understanding of how to investigate key regional problems. For the research scholar, this publication constitutes an up-to-date source book of the basic elements of each major regional science technique. More significant, it points to new directions for future research and ways interregional and regional analytic approaches can be fused to realise much more probing attacks on regional and spatial problems - a contribution far beyond what is available in the literature.
’The first edition of Methods of Regional Analysis, published in 1960, defined the analytical content of the new field of regional science. In the intervening years, regional science has both broadened the scope of its inquiry but, equally importantly, it has deepened the analytical tools that are now available to address problems of regional analysis…This book will continue to serve new generations of regional scientists, conveniently summarizing the most popular techniques of analysis as well as providing an important reference for those wishing to delve further into the models.’ Geoffrey J.D. Hewings, University of Illinois, USA ’…would be of interest to first year graduates…covers comparative cost and other approaches to locational analysis for industry and trade services…diverse syntheses of regional science methods.’ Journal of Economic Science ’…an up-to-date source of the basic elements of each major regional science technique and introduces students to the principles of regional science and focuses on the key methods used in regional analysis…provides students with a comprehensive background and understanding of how to investigate key regional problems.’ Educational Book Review ’Professor Isard is regional science’s brainiest guy…if anyone knows from whence the field came and where it will go, it is he…(the book) is one that regional scientists will want to have on their bookshelves for reference purposes and use in the classroom…it steers a visionary path into the future.’ Journal of Regional Science
Contents: The setting and introduction; Location analysis for industry and service trades: comparative cost and other approaches; Regional and interregional input-output analysis; Regional and spatial econometric analysis; Programming and industrial and urban complex analysis; Gravity and spatial interaction models; Social accounting matrices and social accounting analysis; Applied general interregional equilibrium; Interregional and spatial microsimulation; New channels of synthesis: the fusion of regional science methods.