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A theory of rational spatial agglomerations

Mossay, P. (2013) A theory of rational spatial agglomerations. Regional Science and Urban Economics, 43 (2). pp. 385-394. ISSN 0166-0462

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To link to this article DOI: 10.1016/j.regsciurbeco.2012.09.005

Abstract/Summary

We model the behavior of rational forward-looking agents in a spatial economy. The economic geography structure is built on Fujita et al. (1999)'s racetrack economy. Workers choose optimally what to consume at each period, as well as which spatial itinerary to follow in the geographical space. The spatial extent of the resulting agglomerations increases with the taste for variety and the expenditure share on manufactured goods, and decreases with transport costs. Because forward-looking agents anticipate the future formation of agglomerations, they are more responsive to spatial utility differentials than myopic agents. As a consequence, the emerging agglomerations are larger under perfect foresight spatial adjustments than under myopic ones.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Politics, Economics and International Relations > Economics
ID Code:29757
Publisher:Elsevier

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