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A Simple, Analytically Solvable, Chamberlinian Agglomeration Model

Michael Pflüger

No 339, Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin from DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research

Abstract: This paper presents a simple Chamberlinian agglomeration model which, like the canonical core-periphery (CP) model, contains two agglomerative forces. However, in contrast to that model, the present model is analytically solvable. Moreover, the present model exhibits a 'supercritical pitchfork bifurcation' rather than the 'subcritical pitchfork bifurcation' of the CP model. This may be a better description for some agglomerative processes than the 'catastrophic' emergence of complete agglomeration predicted by the CP model.

Keywords: Economic Geography; Agglomeration; Human Capital Mobility (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F12 F15 F22 R12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2003
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