Complexity and Geographical Economics

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  • Pasquale Commendatore
  • Saime Kayam
  • Ingrid Kubin

Part of the Dynamic Modeling and Econometrics in Economics and Finance book series (DMEF, volume 19)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Pasquale Commendatore, Saime Kayam, Ingrid Kubin
    Pages 1-9
  3. Economic Geography Modelling

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Pasquale Commendatore, Valerio Filoso, Theresa Grafeneder-Weissteiner, Ingrid Kubin
      Pages 13-50
    3. Diana A. Mendes, Vivaldo M. Mendes
      Pages 51-71
    4. Roberto Basile, Saime Kayam, Román Mínguez, Jose María Montero, Jesús Mur
      Pages 73-98
  4. Institutions and Markets

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
    2. Spiros Bougheas, Alan Kirman
      Pages 115-139
    3. Douglas R. Nelson
      Pages 141-164
    4. Lutz Bellmann, Hans-Dieter Gerner, Richard Upward
      Pages 165-207
    5. Luis M. Varela, Giulia Rotundo, Marcel Ausloos, Jesús Carrete
      Pages 209-245
  5. Industrial Interactions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 247-247
    2. Gian Italo Bischi, Fabio Lamantia
      Pages 277-299
    3. Michael Kopel, Mario Pezzino, Björn Brand
      Pages 301-324
    4. Roberto Basile, Saime Kayam
      Pages 325-351
    5. Marcel Ausloos, Herbert Dawid, Ugo Merlone
      Pages 353-377

About this book


The uneven geographical distribution of economic activities is a huge challenge worldwide and also for the European Union. In Krugman’s New Economic Geography economic systems have a simple spatial structure. This book shows that more sophisticated models should visualise the EU as an evolving trade network with a specific topology and different aggregation levels. At the highest level, economic geography models give a bird eye’s view of spatial dynamics. At a medium level, institutions shape the economy and the structure of (financial and labour) markets. At the lowest level, individual decisions interact with the economic, social and institutional environment; the focus is on firms’ decision on location and innovation. Such multilevel models exhibit complex dynamic patterns – path dependence, cumulative causation, hysteresis – on a network structure; and specific analytic tools are necessary for studying strategic interaction, heterogeneity and nonlinearities.​


Complexity Geographical Economics Network Analysis Nonlinear Dynamics Spatial Econometrics

Editors and affiliations

  • Pasquale Commendatore
    • 1
  • Saime Kayam
    • 2
  • Ingrid Kubin
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of LawUniversity of Naples "Federico II"NaplesItaly
  2. 2.Department of Management EngineeringIstanbul Technical UniversityMackaTurkey
  3. 3.Department of EconomicsWU Vienna University of Economics and BusinessViennaAustria

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-12804-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-12805-4
  • Series Print ISSN 1566-0419
  • Series Online ISSN 2363-8370
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