Thünen and the New Economic Geography

Author Name FUJITA Masahisa  (President, RIETI)
Creation Date/NO. November 2011 11-E-074
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In this paper, I explain Thünen's pioneering work on industrial agglomeration. In my opinion, Thünen's thinking on industrial agglomeration was not only amazingly advanced for his time, but in many respects remains novel even today. It is shown that if we unify Thünen's well-known theory on agricultural land use with this pioneering work on industrial agglomeration by using modern tools, then we essentially come up with a prototype of New Economic Geography model.

Published: Masahisa Fujita, 2012. "Thünen and the New Economic Geography," Regional Science and Urban Economic, Vol. 42(6), pp. 907-912