The Annals of Regional Science

, Volume 26, Issue 2, pp 111–134 | Cite as

A location model of grain production and transportation

  • T. Heaps
  • J. M. Munro
  • C. S. Wright


The location and welfare relationships between expanded regional grain production and the configuration of a grain transportation system are modeled and analyzed. The region develops by the joint process of a railway extending its branchline network and the farmers expanding grain production. The model provides a mathematical treatment of changes in grain yields and production costs during the region's transition from circular elevator catchment areas and some unused space to hexagonal catchment areas which fill the region. The model connects the production decisions of grain farmers with various features of the system used to collect, transfer, and transport grain and incorporates the interactions between farmers and railways. Simulation of these interactions under various policy regimes and parameter assumptions is possible, but is not reported in the paper.


Production Cost Catchment Area Environmental Economic Policy Regime Urban Planning 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Heaps
    • 1
  • J. M. Munro
    • 1
  • C. S. Wright
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EconomicsSimon Fraser UniversityBurnabyCanada

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