New Economic Geography: History and Debate

FEP Working Papers, 580

26 Pages Posted: 28 Nov 2016

See all articles by José M. Gaspar

José M. Gaspar

Researcher; Catholic University of Portugal (UCP) - Catolica Lisbon School of Business and Economics; Universidade do Porto - CEF.UP - Center for Economics and Finance at UP

Date Written: September 7, 2016

Abstract

This paper aims to synthesize the main conceptual and ontological discussion around the field of New Economic Geography. It starts out by laying down the fundamental reasons and motivations that led to the surge of New Economic Geography and provides the background in adjacent fields of economic theory which made this possible. I then provide an overall assessment of the state of the art in NEG and track the intellectual evolution of the field since the nineties up to the present, focusing on the intrinsic criticism that it has been subject to throughout its history. This criticism has its roots in the different ontological conceptions of geography (space) and history (time), as well on the methodological differences, between economists and geographers. Another concern of this paper is to analyze the evolution of the debate and communication between geographical economists and economic geographers.

Keywords: economic geography; geography and history; ontological debate

JEL Classification: N7, N9, R12

Suggested Citation

Gaspar, José Maria, New Economic Geography: History and Debate (September 7, 2016). FEP Working Papers, 580. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2875746 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2875746

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