Economic Geography

Economic Geography

by William P. Anderson

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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.

It 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. Sections follow to 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781136293467
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 07/26/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

Part 1: Fundamental Concepts  1. Introduction  2. The Friction of Distance   3. Agglomeration  4. Spatial Interaction  5. Networks  6. Resources and the Environment  7. Markets  Part 2: The Multiregional Economy  8. Specialization and Trade 1  9. Specialization and Trade 2  10. Movements of Capital and Labor  11. Growth  12. Regional Policy  Part 3: Location Theory  13. Location on a Plane  14. Location on Networks  15. Planning Models  16. Strategic Location  17. Lock-in and Path Dependence  Part 4: Markets for Space  18. Agricultural Land Use  19. Urban Land Use  20. Land Development and Real Estate Markets  Part 5: Systems of Cities  21. Genesis and Functions of Cities  22. Urban Hierarchy  23. Spatial Urban Hierarchy  24. The Evolution of Urban Systems

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