Evolution of the Influence of Geography on the Location of Production in Spain (1930–2005)

  • Coro Chasco YrigoyenEmail author
  • Ana M. López Garcı́a
Part of the Advances in Spatial Science book series (ADVSPATIAL)


In recent years, there has been a growing interest in the geographic aspects of development or the question of where economic activities take place. There is an extensive literature in urban economics, location theory and economic agglomeration. In fact, many economic activities are concentrated geographically and most people in advanced countries or regions live in densely populated metropolitan areas. The main issue is how to explain this concentration. Most of the references assume two approaches, first nature (Sachs 2000) and second nature (Krugman 1993, 1999; Venables 2003), which are also identified as Sachs’ (first nature) and Krugman’s approach (second nature). Krugman’s New Economic Geography abstracts from natural conditions. It states that agglomerations can be explained by second nature alone (i.e. by man-made agglomeration economies due to increasing returns to scale and transportation costs), which arises endogenously in the economic process.


Ordinary Little Square Spatial Autocorrelation Agglomeration Economy Production Density Ordinary Little Square Estimate 
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Coro Chasco acknowledges financial support from the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science SEJ2006–02328/ECON and SEJ2006–14277-C04–01. The comments received by three anonymous referees are also gratefully acknowledged.


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  • Coro Chasco Yrigoyen
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  • Ana M. López Garcı́a
  1. 1.Dpto. Economía AplicadaUniversidad Autónoma de MadridMadridSpain

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