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Location and Space-Economy at half a century:Revisiting Professor Isard's dream on the general theory

文献名称 Location and Space-Economy at half a century:Revisiting Professor Isard's dream on the general theory
文献作者 Masahisa Fujita
作者所在单位 Institute of Economic Research, Kyoto University
文献分类 已发表文献
学科一级分类 经济
学科二级分类 区域经济学
文献摘要 Nearly half a century has passed since the publication of the seminal
work of Professor Isard, Location and Space-Economy, which became the
basis of a new ®eld called regional science. As indicated by its subtitle (i.e.,
A General Theory Relating to Industrial Location, Market Areas, Land Use,
Trade, and Urban Structure), the book was written with the aim of nothing
less than initiating the development of a general theory of location and spaceeconomy,
embracing the total spatial array of economic activities. Such a
theory was supposed to include both the traditional general equilibrium theory
and the international trade theory as special cases.
In this paper, ®rst I shall discuss what were his possible ideas on the
general theory, given the state of economic science at that time, and what were
the main contributions of Location and Space-Economy in initiating the
development of such a theory. Second, I review the major contributions of
subsequent works by Professor Isard and other scholars from the viewpoint
of the development of the general theory. Finally, I discuss possible future
directions in developing such a theory.
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关键字 Space-Economy;
发表所在刊物(或来源) Memorandum read at 21st Northeast Regional Science Meeting honoring Professor Walter Isard on his 80th birthday, Cornell University, May 7±8, 1999.
发表时间 1999
适用研究领域 区域经济学
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