The random spatial economy and its evolution


The random spatial economy and its evolution

Leslie Curry

Ashgate, c1998

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Includes bibliographical references



Spanning a lifetime's research, this volume provides a theoretical approach to the elements, structures and dynamics of the geography of agents, settlements and trade. Cause and effect are replaced by chance within constraints. Populations are substituted for unreal representative individuals, variability for uniformity, probabilistic process for unique history. Ignorance is a major factor in interpersonal and inter-areal commercial relations so much so that the focus is on flows of information and their effects on the efficiency of the economy, or alternatively, on changes in its information content. Recent work on spatial arrangements in many physical and social sciences is incorporated from an overiding geographical viewpoint. Key concepts are locational potential, distance friction, mobility, diffusion, spatial pattern and texture, adaptability, efficiency, spatial interaction and dependence. Analytic methods include autocovariance and transfer functions, areal special densities and entropy. In addition, various forms of self-organization of economic spatial patterns are examined.


  • Part 1 Demand in the spatial economy: homo deterministicus
  • homo stochasticus. Part 2 Agents: formalized behaviour in agents' markets
  • a spatial analysis of gravity flows
  • factor returns and geography. Part 3 Occupational structures: information and evolution of the economy
  • division of labour from geographical competition
  • macro-ecology of vacancy chains
  • recruitment as diffusion and the spatial structure of occupations. Part 4 Settlement structures: central places in the random spatial economy
  • stochastic spatial distributions in equilibrium -settlement theory. Part 6 Trading structures: geographical specialization and trade
  • spatial price equilibria
  • inefficiency of spatial prices using the thermodynamic formalism
  • trade as spatial interaction and central places
  • spatial trade and factor markets. Part 7 Short term dynamics: agents - location theoretic style and urban policy, inefficiencies in the geographic operation of labour markets
  • trade - fluctuation in the random spatial economy and the control of inflation, inefficiency and instability of trade patterns, innovations and trade in the short term
  • settlement - the village economy as a hypercycle. Part 8 Long term dynamics: endogenous geographical evolution. Part 9 Epilogue.

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    • 1840143916
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    Aldershot ; Brookfield, US
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    xvii, 474 p.
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