On Quantitative Spatial Economic Models
17 Pages Posted: 21 Mar 2018
Date Written: March 7, 2018
Quantitative spatial economics (QSE) specifies various components such as preferences, production technology, and frictions for the movement of goods, people, and ideas. Despite the long literature on endogenous location decisions, the question of how these specifications affect resulting spatial equilibria has not been systematically explored. In this paper we start with workhorse models of QSE based on different specifications of preferences and show that spatial equilibria in those models can be generated using the conditional logit model by McFadden (1974). Our result suggests that existing models of QSE have a common origin in one of the oldest location choice models.
Keywords: quantitative spatial economics; location choice; logit; spatial equilibrium
JEL Classification: F12; F14; R12; R13
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