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On Quantitative Spatial Economic Models

Kristian Behrens () and Yasusada Murata

No WP BRP 184/EC/2018, HSE Working papers from National Research University Higher School of Economics

Abstract: Quantitative spatial economics (QSE) specifies various components such as preferences, production technology, and frictions for the movement of goods, people, and ideas. Despite the long literature on endogenous location decisions, the question of how these specifications affect resulting spatial equilibria has not been systematically explored. In this paper we start with workhorse models of QSE based on different specifications of preferences and show that spatial equilibria in those models can be generated using the conditional logit model by McFadden (1974). Our result suggests that existing models of QSE have a common origin in one of the oldest location choice models.

Keywords: quantitative spatial economics; location choice; logit; spatial equilibrium (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F12 F14 R12 R13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-dcm, nep-geo and nep-ure
Date: 2018
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Published in WP BRP Series: Economics / EC, March 2018, pages 1-17

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