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An Essay on Urban Economic Theory

  • Yorgos Y. Papageorgiou
  • David Pines

Part of the Advances in Urban and Regional Economics book series (UREC, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Introduction

    1. Yorgos Y. Papageorgiou, David Pines
      Pages 1-30
  3. The Monocentric City

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 53-53
    2. Yorgos Y. Papageorgiou, David Pines
      Pages 33-56
    3. Yorgos Y. Papageorgiou, David Pines
      Pages 57-96
    4. Yorgos Y. Papageorgiou, David Pines
      Pages 97-112
    5. Yorgos Y. Papageorgiou, David Pines
      Pages 113-140
    6. Yorgos Y. Papageorgiou, David Pines
      Pages 141-168
    7. Yorgos Y. Papageorgiou, David Pines
      Pages 169-189
    8. Yorgos Y. Papageorgiou, David Pines
      Pages 191-201
  4. Polycentric Urban Structures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 31-31
    2. Yorgos Y. Papageorgiou, David Pines
      Pages 205-233
    3. Yorgos Y. Papageorgiou, David Pines
      Pages 235-265
    4. Yorgos Y. Papageorgiou, David Pines
      Pages 267-282
    5. Yorgos Y. Papageorgiou, David Pines
      Pages 283-304
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 305-316

About this book

Introduction

Over the past thirty years, urban economic theory has been one of the most active areas of urban and regional economic research. Just as static general equilibrium theory is at the core of modern microeconomics, so is the topic of this book - the static allocation of resources within a city and between cities - at the core of urban economic theory.
An Essay on Urban Economic Theory well reflects the state of the field. Part I provides an elegant, coherent, and rigorous presentation of several variants of the monocentric (city) model - as the centerpiece of urban economic theory - treating equilibrium, optimum, and comparative statistics. Part II explores less familiar and even some uncharted territory. The monocentric model looks at a single city in isolation, taking as given a central business district surrounded by residences. Part II, in contrast, makes the intra-urban location of residential and non-residential activity the outcome of the fundamental tradeoff between the propensity to interact and the aversion to crowding; the resulting pattern of agglomeration may be polycentric. Part II also develops models of an urbanized economy with trade between specialized cities and examines how the market-determined size distribution of cities differs from the optimum.
This book launches a new series, Advances in Urban and Regional Economics. The series aims to provide an outlet for longer scholarly works dealing with topics in urban and regional economics.

Keywords

agglomeration economic theory economics equilibrium general equilibrium general equilibrium theory microeconomics regional economics statistics transportation

Authors and affiliations

  • Yorgos Y. Papageorgiou
    • 1
  • David Pines
    • 2
  1. 1.McMaster UniversityCanada
  2. 2.Tel Aviv UniversityIsrael

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4615-4947-5
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-7245-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-4947-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1566-0370
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