(Article of periodic en Anglais - 1980)

Document title

Externals economics and agglomeration: an appraisal of macro scale Studies of polarization

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An attempt is made to replicate for the New Zealand space economy the macro-level studies of industrial agglomeration and the polarization of economic activity using complex methodologies applied to input-output data. These studies have employed an economic rationale to explain agglomeration, resting upon the local availability of external economies of scale, although their evidence is largely indirect and circumstantial. More direct evidence exists to support a behavioural rationale for the growth and continuance of agglomeration. The paper demonstrates that a range of methodologies applied to New Zealand input-output data and spatial association data yields method specific results. There is a wider implication that an economic rationale for agglomeration is spurious and a behavioural rationale is the only tenable alternative.


Article of periodic

published at : Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie Rotterdam

Editor :

Millesime : 1980, vol. 71, no5 [pp. 264-276]

Bibliographic references : 56 réf.



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