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The Competitive Paradigm in Spatial Economics

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  • Jacques-Francois Thisse

    () (National Research University Higher School of Economics
    Catholic University of Louvain)

Abstract

This paper discusses the reasons for the spatial impossibility theorem, which states that the competitive paradigm cannot explain the formation of large urban agglomerations and trade ows. This result is especially meaningful insofar as it is internal to the theory itself. We then briey explores dierent solutions to remedy to this methodological failure.

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  • Jacques-Francois Thisse, 2016. "The Competitive Paradigm in Spatial Economics," HSE Working papers WP BRP 151/EC/2016, National Research University Higher School of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:hig:wpaper:151/ec/2016
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    Keywords

    space; transport costs; land rent; general equilibrium;

    JEL classification:

    • D50 - Microeconomics - - General Equilibrium and Disequilibrium - - - General
    • F12 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Models of Trade with Imperfect Competition and Scale Economies; Fragmentation
    • Q54 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Climate; Natural Disasters and their Management; Global Warming
    • Q58 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environmental Economics: Government Policy
    • R13 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - General Equilibrium and Welfare Economic Analysis of Regional Economies

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