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Spatial Configurations, Competition and Welfare

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  • Ishikawa, Toshiharu
  • Toda, Masao

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Studies into the shapes of market areas abound and emphasize the hexagon as the optimal configuration. This paper demonstrates that a triangular or a square market area can be superior to a hexagonal one under certain behavioral conditions. Spatial configurations are evaluated on the basis of (1) the number of firms required to fill a given market area and (2) the level of welfare per unit area that these firms generate under alternative competitive conditions.

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  • Ishikawa, Toshiharu & Toda, Masao, 1990. "Spatial Configurations, Competition and Welfare," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer;Western Regional Science Association, vol. 24(1), pages 1-12.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:anresc:v:24:y:1990:i:1:p:1-12
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    1. Ishikawa, Toshiharu & Toda, Masao, 2005. "Retail market structure and the threat by the manufacturer to sell goods directly to the consumer," Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, Elsevier, vol. 39(1), pages 43-55, March.
    2. Toshiharu Ishikawa & Rickard Wall, 2011. "A hypothesis and an inspection on location polarization of economic activity and population due to globalization," ERSA conference papers ersa11p362, European Regional Science Association.

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