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Spatial economic self-organization with periodic and quasiperiodic dynamics

Tiina Heikkinen ()

Review of Regional Research: Jahrbuch für Regionalwissenschaft, 2009, vol. 29, issue 2, 161-183

Abstract: The formation of regions through spatial self-organization is a key issue in spatial economics. The standard approach to the modelling of space in regional science has been to assume that space can be modelled as a one-dimensional system, often locations arrayed on a circle. This paper studies spatial self-organization in an economic geography model defined on a two-dimensional surface, assuming periodic or quasiperiodic dynamics. A discrete time model with discretized locations is applied, motivating a cellular automata approach. Numerical simulations suggest that the number of regions emerging on a two-dimensional model is different than that on a one-dimensional model, keeping other parameters the same. The spatial distribution of economic activity on a two-dimensional space (torus) appears less stable than one on a circle. A two-dimensional economic model can be extended to capture nonuniformity in the landscape by using a quasiperiodic dynamical system. Copyright Springer-Verlag 2009

Keywords: Economic geography; Cellular automata; Chaos (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009
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