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A Simple, Analytically Solvable, Chamberlinian Agglomeration Model

  • Michael Pflüger
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    This paper presents a simple Chamberlinian agglomeration model which, like the canonical core-periphery (CP) model, contains two agglomerative forces. However, in contrast to that model, the present model is analytically solvable. Moreover, the present model exhibits a 'supercritical pitchfork bifurcation' rather than the 'subcritical pitchfork bifurcation' of the CP model. This may be a better description for some agglomerative processes than the 'catastrophic' emergence of complete agglomeration predicted by the CP model.

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    Paper provided by DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research in its series Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin with number 339.

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    Length: 11 p.
    Date of creation: 2003
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    Handle: RePEc:diw:diwwpp:dp339
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