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Localisation rurale des activités industrielles. Que nous enseigne l'économie géographique ?


  • Carl Gaigné

    (CESAER - Centre d'Economie et de Sociologie Rurales Appliquées à l'Agriculture et aux Espaces Ruraux - INRA - Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique - AgroSup Dijon - Institut National Supérieur des Sciences Agronomiques, de l'Alimentation et de l'Environnement)

  • Florence Goffette-Nagot

    () (GATE - Groupe d'analyse et de théorie économique - UL2 - Université Lumière - Lyon 2 - Ecole Normale Supérieure Lettres et Sciences Humaines - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)


The aim of this paper is to show how new location theories can explain the location of industrial activities in rural areas. A survey of recent economic geography models is presented. We aim at highlighting the trade-off firms do when choosing to locate in an urban area or in a low-densely populated area. It is worth taking into account two types of rural areas : rural areas under urban influence and independent rural areas. In the first case, the location of non agricultural activities is mainly explained by the working of the land market. In the second case, labor market has to be taken into account in order to be account for rural industrialization.

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  • Carl Gaigné & Florence Goffette-Nagot, 2003. "Localisation rurale des activités industrielles. Que nous enseigne l'économie géographique ?," Post-Print halshs-00178551, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:halshs-00178551
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    1. Smicha Ait Amokthar & Nadjia El Saadi & Yacine Belarbi, 2015. "Mod\'{e}lisation spatiale de la formation des agglom\'{e}rations dans la zone alg\'{e}roise," Papers 1508.00511,
    2. Cécile Détang-Dessendre & Florence Goffette-Nagot & Virginie Piguet, 2004. "Life-cycle position and migration to urban and rural areas: estimations of a mixed logit model on French data," Post-Print halshs-00180128, HAL.

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    economic geography; labor market; land market; rural area; urban economics; économie géographique; économie urbaine; espace rural; marché du travail; marché foncier;

    JEL classification:

    • R1 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics
    • R3 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Real Estate Markets, Spatial Production Analysis, and Firm Location


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