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Geographical Economics: A Survey

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  • Massimo Del Gatto

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    (University of Bologna)

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The notion of "polycentric city system" is currently receiving growing attention as a basic element of the "European Spatial Policy". From this perspective, both agglomeration and economic integration have to be reinterpreted on a wider geographical scale. This is of interest of the s.c. Geographical Economics. Focusing on both "size" and "number" (of clusters), this paper surveys the most recent contributions to the theoretical analysis of: i) determinants of concentration and dispersion; ii) market outcome efficiency. Key results are highlighted, related to model assumptions, and classified on the basis of the underlying hypothesis on external economies and market structure.

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Article provided by GDE (Giornale degli Economisti e Annali di Economia), Bocconi University in its journal Giornale degli Economisti e Annali di Economia.

Volume (Year): 63 (2004)
Issue (Month): 2 (November)
Pages: 205-241

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Handle: RePEc:gde:journl:gde_v63_n2_p205-241

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Keywords: economic geography; agglomeration; cities; transport costs; spatial policy; trade; monopolistic competition; product variety; linkages;

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