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Optimization of Location Services in the city of Huambo. Confirmation of the Theory of Central Places

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  • Tomaz Dentinho


  • Vasco Silva

The optimization of the location of public services in the villages and neighborhoods in the city of Huambo in Angola results in a hierarchical system of central places that can be calibrated to give different hierarchies according to the accessibility level. This result is achieved for 300 villages and neighborhoods in the city of Huambo by minimizing the number of centers subject to the restriction that the service is available at a minimum distance. Other solutions are found that maximize the net benefit distribution centers. At the end multicriteria is used to study the resilience of the centers to alternative weights of the criteria and different accessibility ranges. The solutions are used to design roads, local authorities and market shares. Keywords: location, central places, agglomeration economies, Africa JEL: R12 - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; R58 - Regional Development Planning and Policy

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Paper provided by European Regional Science Association in its series ERSA conference papers with number ersa12p254.

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Date of creation: Oct 2012
Handle: RePEc:wiw:wiwrsa:ersa12p254
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  1. Trevor J. Barnes, 2012. "Reopke Lecture in Economic Geography: Notes from the Underground: Why the History of Economic Geography Matters: The Case of Central Place Theory," Economic Geography, Clark University, vol. 88(1), pages 1-26, 01.
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