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URN: urn:nbn:de:kobv:517-opus-14134
URL: http://opus.kobv.de/ubp/volltexte/2007/1413/


Sanner, Helge

Economy vs. history : What does actually determine the distribution of firms' locations in cities?

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Kurzfassung in Englisch

The aim of this study is to examine in which cases economic forces or historical singularities prevail in the determination of the long-run distribution of firms. We develop a relatively general model of heterogenous firms' location choice in discrete space. The main force towards an agglomerated structure is the reduction of transaction costs for consumers if firms are located closely, whilst competition and transport costs work towards a more disperse structure. We then assess the importance of the initial conditions by simulating and comparing the resulting distribution of firms for identical economic parameters but varying initial settings. If the equilibrium distributions of firms are similar we conclude that economic forces have prevailed, while differences in the resulting distributions indicate that 'history' is more important. The (dis)similarity of distributions of firms is calculated by means of a measure, which exhibits a number of desirable features.

RVK - Regensburger Verbundklassifikation: QD 100
Institut: Wirtschaftswissenschaften
DDC-Sachgruppe: Wirtschaft
Dokumentart: c externe Monographie
Schriftenreihe: Volkswirtschaftliche Diskussionsbeiträge
Bandnummer: Bd. 067
Sprache: Englisch
Erstellungsjahr: 2004
Publikationsdatum: 14.06.2007
Bemerkung: Sanner, Helge: Economy vs. history : what does actually determine the distribution of firms' locations in cities? / Helge Sanner. - Potsdam : Univ., 2004. - 27 Bl. : graph. Darst.
(Volkswirtschaftliche Diskussionsbeiträge : Diskussionsbeitrag ; 67)


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