The New 'Geographical Turn' in Economics: Some Critical Reflections
Over the past few years, a new 'geographical' economics has emerged, focused on the spatial agglomeration of industry and the long-run convergence of regional incomes. Several leading names are associated with this 'geographical turn,' including Paul Krugman, Michael Porter, Robert Barro, and W. Brian Arthur. This 'new economic geography,' it is argued here, is neither that new, nor is it geography. Instead, it is a reworking (or reinvention)--using recent developments in formal (mathematical) mainstream economics--of traditional location theory and regional science. As such, it is quite opposed to, and difficult to reconcile with, the work on regional development and industrial agglomeration being carried out in economic geography proper. Copyright 1999 by Oxford University Press.
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Volume (Year): 23 (1999)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
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