The Evolution of Spatial Economics: From Thünen to the New Economic Geography

32 Pages Posted: 22 Feb 2010

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Masahisa Fujita

Kyoto University - Institute of Economic Research

Abstract

This paper presents a review of the evolution of spatial economics over the past two centuries. The focus is on the evolution of what I consider to be the most fundamental theory of spatial economics, i.e., general location theory. The paper starts with a review of Thünen (1826), and ends with a review of the New Economic Geography initiated by Paul Krugman in the early 1990s. It is shown that the study of general location theory has been successful at shedding light on many important features of actual spatial economies.

Suggested Citation

Fujita, Masahisa, The Evolution of Spatial Economics: From Thünen to the New Economic Geography. Japanese Economic Review, Vol. 61, Issue 1, pp. 1-32, March 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1554707 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-5876.2009.00504.x

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