Space and economics : An introduction to regional economics

W.J.M. Heijman, R.A. Schipper

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The subject area Regional Economics is becoming more and more topical. This means that in economic analyses the production factor 'space' is of increasing importance. This study book aims to integrate space in the area of General Economics in an analytical way. Models and their applications play a major role in the book's approach. The subject of regional economics contains two broad fields. The first is the theory of location, including the basic principles of the economic theory of land use, which has a microeconomic character. The second subject is regional economic development, including spatial equilibrium theory, which is mainly macroeconomic in nature. In the book, both fields will be elaborated in detail. Basic principles of economics are included as background information in order to study the latter advanced subjects addressed in the book. Another important feature of the book is its European character which is rather unique. In fact the majority of the applications here are from Europe. Regional statistical data and maps available in Eurostat have been used abundantly. The spreadsheet programme Excel is used as a convenient tool for the computation of model results. The description of major applications of Excel is included in the book, which makes it self contained.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationWageningen
PublisherWageningen Academic
Number of pages266
ISBN (Print)9789086860975
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Publication series

NameMansholt publication series
PublisherWageningen Academic
No.vol. 7
ISSN (Print)1871-9309


  • regions
  • economics
  • location theory
  • location of production
  • geographical distribution
  • economic theory
  • spatial equilibrium analysis
  • production
  • firms
  • europe
  • regional economics


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