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Historical perspectives on U.S. economic geography

Sukkoo Kim and Robert Margo

Chapter 66 in Handbook of Regional and Urban Economics, 2004, vol. 4, pp 2981-3019 from Elsevier

Abstract: We review historical patterns of economic geography for the United States from the colonial period to the present day. The analysis is framed in terms of two geographic scales: regions and cities. The compelling reason for studying geographic area of two different scales is that models that explain location of economic activities at one scale may not apply to other scales. We consider the process of settling the frontier; the development of national markets in goods and factors and, more generally, the convergence (and divergence) of regional economies; the growth of cities and the relationship between urbanization and trends in aggregate economic structure, such as industrialization; and changes in the internal structure of cities

JEL-codes: R1 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2004
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