Economic Geography: The Integration of Regions and Nations by Pierre-Philippe CombesEconomic Geography: The Integration of Regions and Nations by Pierre-Philippe Combes

Economic Geography: The Integration of Regions and Nations

byPierre-Philippe Combes

Paperback | September 28, 2008

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Economic Geography is the most complete, up-to-date textbook available on the important new field of spatial economics. This book fills a gap by providing advanced undergraduate and graduate students with the latest research and methodologies in an accessible and comprehensive way. It is an indispensable reference for researchers in economic geography, regional and urban economics, international trade, and applied econometrics, and can serve as a resource for economists in government.

Economic Geography presents advances in economic theory that explain why, despite the increasing mobility of commodities, ideas, and people, the diffusion of economic activity is very unequal and remains agglomerated in a limited number of spatial entities. The book complements theoretical analysis with detailed discussions of the empirics of the economics of agglomeration, offering a mix of theoretical and empirical research that gives a unique perspective on spatial disparities. It reveals how location continues to matter for trade and economic development, yet how economic integration is transforming the global economy into an economic space in which activities are performed within large metropolitan areas exchanging goods, skills, and information. Economic Geography examines the future implications of this evolution in the spatial economy and relates them to other major social and economic trends.

  • Provides a complete introduction to economic geography

  • Explains the latest theory and methodologies

  • Covers the empirics of agglomeration, from spatial concentration measurement to structural estimations of economic geography models

  • Includes history and background of the field

  • Serves as a textbook for students and a resource for professionals

Pierre-Philippe Combes is CNRS research professor of economics at the Université d¹Aix-Marseille. Thierry Mayer is professor of economics at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Jacques-François Thisse is professor of economics at the Université Catholique de Louvain and professor at the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées. Hi...
Title:Economic Geography: The Integration of Regions and NationsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pagesPublished:September 28, 2008Publisher:Princeton University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0691139423

ISBN - 13:9780691139425


Table of Contents

Foreword xiii
Acknowledgments xxiv

Part I: Facts and Theories 1
CHAPTER 1: Spatial Inequalities: A Brief Historical Overview 3
1.1 The Space-Economy and the Industrial Revolution 4
1.2 Regional Disparities: When an Ancient Phenomenon Becomes Measurable 12
1.3 Concluding Remarks 25

CHAPTER 2: Space in Economic Thought 26
2.1 Economics and Geography: A Puzzling History of Reciprocal Ignorance 27
2.2 Integrating Space in Economics: The Main Attempts 30
2.3 The Burden of Modeling Constraints 31
2.4 The Breakdown of the Competitive Paradigm in a Spatial Economy 35
2.5 What Are the Alternative Modeling Strategies? 41
2.6 Increasing Returns and Transport Costs: The Basic Trade-Off of Economic Geography 43
2.7 Concluding Remarks 48
Part II: Space, Trade, and Agglomeration 51

CHAPTER 3: Monopolistic Competition 53
3.1 The Dixit-Stiglitz Approach 55
3.2 Monopolistic Competition: A Linear Setting 71
3.3 Concluding Remarks 79
3.4 Related Literature 80

CHAPTER 4: Interregional Trade and Market Size 81
4.1 The Dixit-Stiglitz-Krugman Model of Trade 82
4.2 The Home-Market Effect 89
4.3 Concluding Remarks 98
4.4 Related Literature 100

CHAPTER 5: Gravity and Trade Costs 101
5.1 The Gravity Model 103
5.2 Trade Costs 115
5.3 Concluding Remarks 127
5.4 Related Literature 127

CHAPTER 6: The Core-Periphery Structure 130
6.1 Increasing Returns and Industrialization 133
6.2 Regional Disparities: The Krugman Model 137
6.3 The Krugman Model Revisited 160
6.4 Concluding Remarks 162
6.5 Related Literature 164

CHAPTER 7: Intermediate Goods and the Evolution of Regional Disparities 166
7.1 The Role of Intermediate Goods 169
7.2 The Spatial Distribution of the Manufacturing Sector 176
7.3 The Evolution of Regional Disparities 185
7.4 Concluding Remarks 191
7.5 Related Literature 192

CHAPTER 8: The Bell-Shaped Curve of Spatial Development 194
8.1 A Linear Core-Periphery Model 196
8.2 When Does the Bell-Shaped Curve Arise? 207
8.3 Concluding Remarks 221
8.4 Related Literature 222

CHAPTER 9: Spatial Competition 223
9.1 Spatial Duopoly à la Hotelling 224
9.2 Spatial Oligopoly à la Cournot 238
9.3 Concluding Remarks 250
9.4 Related Literature 251
Part III: Breadth and Determinants of Spatial Concentration 253

CHAPTER 10: Measuring Spatial Concentration 255
10.1 The Properties of an Ideal Index of Spatial Concentration 256
10.2 Spatial Concentration Indices 259
10.3 Indices Accounting for Industrial Concentration 266
10.4 The Duranton-Overman Continuous Approach 269
10.5 Concluding Remarks 274
10.6 Related Literature 274

CHAPTER 11: Determinants of Spatial Concentration and Local Productivity 276
11.1 The Determinants of Spatial Concentration 277
11.2 The Determinants of Local Productivity 283
11.3 Concluding Remarks 300
11.4 Related Literature 301

CHAPTER 12: The Empirics of Economic Geography 302
12.1 A General Framework 303
12.2 Location of Firms 307
12.3 Home-Market Effect 314
12.4 Factor Prices and Economic Geography 321
12.5 Migrations 329
12.6 The Stability of Spatial Patterns 332
12.7 Concluding Remarks 340
12.8 Related Literature 342

CHAPTER 13: Theory with Numbers 343
13.1 Predictions Based on the Dixit-Stiglitz-Krugman Model 345
13.2 Simulations in an Estimated Model of the French Space-Economy 356
13.3 Concluding Remarks 363
13.4 Related Literature 364

CHAPTER 14: Concluding Remarks 365
14.1 The Paradox of the Global Village 365
14.2 The Objective of Economic Geography 367
14.3 What Have We Learned? 368
14.4 Where Next? 374

References 379
Index 397

Editorial Reviews

"This book is well-written, extremely clear, and very well-focused. Other books are either too advanced for anyone starting in the field or too basic to be of any use beyond basic undergraduate courses. Beyond teaching, this book should also be very useful as a reference."-Gilles Duranton, University of Toronto