Since 1990 there has been a renaissance of theoretical and empirical work on the spatial aspects of the economy—that is, where economic activity occurs and why. Using new tools—in particular, modeling techniques developed to analyze industrial organization, international trade, and economic growth—this "new economic geography" has emerged as one of the most exciting areas of contemporary economics.
The authors show how seemingly disparate models reflect a few basic themes, and in so doing they develop a common "grammar" for discussing a variety of issues. They show how a common approach that emphasizes the three-way interaction among increasing returns, transportation costs, and the movement of productive factors can be applied to a wide range of issues in urban, regional, and international economics. This book is the first to provide a sound and unified explanation of the existence of large economic agglomerations at various spatial scales.
About the Authors
Masahisa Fujita is Professor of Economics at the Kyoto Institute of Economic Research, Kyoto University.
Paul Krugman is Professor of Economics and International Affairs at Princeton University and a New York Times columnist. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Economics in 2008.
Anthony J. Venables is Professor of International Economics at the London School of Economics.
"A superb volume on the new economics of geography by three pioneersin the field. This lucid, elegant book is a must for any graduatecourse in urban economics."
—Edward L. Glaeser, Professor of Economics, Harvard University