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Spatial Costs in a Monocentric City(And Implications for Agglomeration)

  • Hugh B. Wenban-Smith
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    Using water supply as a model for a wider range of infrastructure services, the effect of a negative exponential density gradient on distribution costs is investigated for four monocentric urban development scenarios: (a) Densification; (b) Dispersion; (c) Suburbanisation; and (d) Constant density. It is shown that economies of scale in production can be outweighed by diseconomies in distribution in cases (b) and (c), suggesting that the agglomeration benefits of infrastructure cannot be taken for granted. They depend as much on the effect of density on distribution costs as the effect of size on production costs.

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    Paper provided by Spatial Economics Research Centre, LSE in its series SERC Discussion Papers with number 0032.

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    Date of creation: Oct 2009
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    Handle: RePEc:cep:sercdp:0032
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