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Location Dynamics and Knowledge Agglomeration

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A simple economic activity location rule is considered. Under this rule, one regards that location decisions depend on the presence or the absence of agglomeration economies. Considering a three-location economy, the system that is built leads, under certain conditions, to a saddle-path equilibrium, relatively to which we verify that the most interesting dynamics are associated not with the eventual convergence to the steady state (the saddle-path), that occurs only under exceptional circumstances, but with the divergence process away from the steady state. To explain the dynamics of the agglomeration economies, a knowledge variable is assumed. Returning to a two location economy one is able to assess in graphical terms the relation between distribution of knowledge and location of economic activities.

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  • Orlando Gomes, 2004. "Location Dynamics and Knowledge Agglomeration," Urban/Regional 0409012, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpur:0409012
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    Keywords

    location decisions; dynamic systems; knowledge; technology; agglomeration economies;
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    JEL classification:

    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes
    • R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)

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