Skilled Cities, Regional Disparities, and Efficient Transport: The State of the Art and a Research Agenda

101 Pages Posted: 27 Aug 2015

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Stef Proost

KU Leuven - Department of Economics

Jacques-François Thisse

Catholic University of Louvain (UCL); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Date Written: August 2015

Abstract

The three themes of this survey -- cities, regions, and transport -- are closely intertwined and gathered in the category R of the JEL Classification System. We discuss cities and regions in separate sections because they are different spatial units facing specific problems. Transport issues affect both cities and regions and are discussed in each relevant section. The introductory remarks explain both the reason for this division, as well as what spatial economics is all about. Because general economists have barely met the words cities, regions, and transport during their studies, we explain what the field of spatial economics is and define basic concepts that might not currently be in their tool box. The second section is devoted to cities; the third focuses on regions. We conclude with general policy recommendations.

Keywords: cities, congestion, land, region, trade, transport

JEL Classification: R00

Suggested Citation

Proost, Stef V. and Thisse, Jacques-François, Skilled Cities, Regional Disparities, and Efficient Transport: The State of the Art and a Research Agenda (August 2015). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP10790. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2652160

Stef V. Proost (Contact Author)

KU Leuven - Department of Economics ( email )

Leuven, B-3000
Belgium
016 32 66 35 (Phone)
016 32 67 96 (Fax)

Jacques-François Thisse

Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) ( email )

Place des Doyens 1
Louvain-la-Neuve, 1348
Belgium

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

London
United Kingdom

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