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Economics of Agglomeration
Cities, Industrial Location, and Regional Growth


  • Date Published: May 2002
  • availability: Replaced by 9781107001411
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521801386


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  • This book provides the first unifying analysis of the range of economic reasons for the clustering of firms and households. Its goal is to explain further the trade-off between various forms of increasing returns and different types of mobility costs. The main focus of the analysis is on cities, but it also explores the formation of other agglomerations, such as commercial districts within cities, industrial clusters at the regional level, and the existence of imbalance between regions.

    • Most comprehensive, up-to-date analysis available on urban economic theory and growth
    • Authors internationally celebrated; senior author Fujita is Press author and taught at Penn for twenty years
    • Ideal for classroom use for graduate students in economic theory, geography, urban planning
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    • Winner of the 2004 William Alonso Memorial Prize for Innovative Work in Regional Science

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    "The primary value of the book resides in its development of microeconomic spatial models … a rich and provocative source of ideas, hypotheses, rationales, and models to contemplate and upon which to build."
    Annals of the Association of American Geographers

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2002
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521801386
    • length: 480 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 157 x 34 mm
    • weight: 0.885kg
    • contains: 73 b/w illus.
    • availability: Replaced by 9781107001411
  • Table of Contents

    1. Agglomeration
    Part I. Fundamentals of Geographical Economics:
    2. The breakdown of the price system in a spatial economy
    3. The von Thünen model and land rent formation
    4. Increasing returns vs. transportation costs: the fundamental tradeoff of a spatial economy
    5. Cities and the public sector
    Part II. The Structure of Metropolitan Areas:
    6. The spatial structure of cities under communication externalities
    7. The formation of urban centers under imperfect competition
    Part III. Factor Mobility and Industrial Location:
    8. Industrial agglomeration under Marshallian externalities
    9. Industrial agglomeration under monopolistic competition
    Part IV. Urban Systems and Regional Growth:
    10. Back to von Thünen: the formation of cities in a spatial economy
    11. On the relationship between agglomeration and growth.

  • Authors

    Masahisa Fujita, Kyoto University, Japan

    Jacques-Francois Thisse, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium

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