The Economics of Disappearing Distance: In Honour of T.R. Lakshmanan,Gentleman and Scholar / Edition 1by Ake E. Andersson, William P. Anderson
Pub. Date: 06/04/2003
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
This book focuses on the role of tangible and intangible networks that affect spatial interdependencies in economic and social life. Interaction across geographical space is made possible and facilitated by different categories of interdependent networks, in urban regions and between regions. Some of these new networks embed new technologies for communication, economic decisions and governance in such a way that the role of distance may be reduced. For certain types of interaction these changes seem to bring about a globalisation of markets as well as social life in general. Hence the question, is distance disappearing.? Moreover can we observe new forms of the distance phenomenon? Is distance becoming more important in the exchange of knowledge and ideas?
Distortion of distance patterns are examined for interaction in a city system, interaction between local communities of an urban region, traffic flows with congestion, migration between functional regions, transportation of goods, and energy supply and distribution flows. The consequences of these changes in spatial interdependencies are analysed with regard to spatial equilibrium patterns for urban regions and systems of regions; the distribution of economic activities and population; productivity change and growth and morbidity patterns. In this context several contributions focus on the size of an urban region and its market potentials. Does the importance of size change when interregional links for interaction are improved? Are networks inside a region evolving into a bottleneck problem for future development?
At the same time the contributions elaborate theory and methods by examining hierarchical fields of internaland external influence on regional change; sources of productivity growth in a network of industries; adaptive behaviour in transport decisions; endogenous growth and development policies. The book ends with an assessment of plan evaluation methodologies for a changing and globalising world characterized by new economic networks and networking arrangements.
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 Amercan 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.
Author Biography: About the Editors: Åke E. Andersson, Professor, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, Börje Johansson, Professor, Department of Economics, Jönköping International Business School, Sweden and William P. Anderson, Professor, Department of Geography, Boston University, USA
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