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The Economics of Disappearing Distance

1st Edition

By Börje Johansson

Edited by Åke E. Andersson


300 pages

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This title was first published in 2003. This book focuses on the role of tangible and intangible networks that affect spatial interdependencies in economic and social life. It addresses the question - is the effect of distance disappearing? In examining this question the book considers the types of interaction that bring about globalisation of markets as well as social life in general and the distortion of distance patterns and changes in spatial interdependencies. The contributions elaborate theory and methods by examining hierarchical fields of internal and external influence on regional change; sources of productivity growth in a network of industries, endogenous growth and development policies. The book concludes with an assessment of plan evaluation methodologies for a changing and globalizing world characterized by new economic networks and networking arrangements.


'This timely collection of papers offers a modern perspective on the interdependencies inherent in spatial development. The papers consider spatial models of equilibrium processes with interactions, externalities, and network effects. The choice of topics and contributors makes it a fine volume.' Professor John M. Quigley, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction: interdependencies of spatial development, Åke E. Andersson, William P. Anderson and Börje Johansson; Disappearing distance in city systems, Makoto Okumura and Kiyoshi Kobayashi; Spatial equilibrium with cities and rural areas, Wei-Bin Zhang; Hierarchical fields of influence of spatial exchange, Michael Sonis, Geoffrey J.D. Hewings and Nuzul Achjar; Estimating sources of regional manufacturing productivity using shift-share extensions, Kingsley E. Haynes, Mustafa Dinc and Jean H.P. Paelinck; 'Place' as 'Network': applications of network theory to local communities, Roger E. Bolton; The spatial structure of the city: a North American perspective on trends, prospects, and research directions, William P. Anderson; Behavioral adaptations to traffic congestion, Robert E. Skinner, Jr.; A simultaneous model of long-term regional job and population changes, Ingvar Holmberg, Börje Johansson and Ulf Strömquist; Economic development and health patterns, David E. Andersson; Growth and development policy under economic globalization, Åke E. Andersson; On the processes generating impacts from transportation improvements: the impacts of air transportation on recreation tourism, William L. Garrison, David Gillen and Christopher R. Williges; Transportation and energy policy: retrospect and prospect, David L. Greene; Plan evaluation methodologies: some aspects of decision requirements and analytical response, Wilbur A. Steger and T.R. Lakshmanan; Index.

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Borje Johansson, Ake E Andersson

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Urban & Regional
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General