Industrial Location Economics

Edited by Philip McCann, Professor of Urban and Regional Economics, University of Sheffield, UK

Because space is not homogenous, economic activities occur in different locations. Understanding the reasons behind this and understanding exactly how industries are spatially organized is the central theme of this book. Industrial Location Economics discusses different aspects of industrial location behaviour from a variety of theoretical and empirical perspectives. Each of the analytical traditions provides insights into the nature of industrial location behaviour and the factors which can influence it.

‘This specialist set of readings will find a ready market with practitioners and researchers alike. It will provide a strong foundation for intermediate Land economy programmes, as well as a good primer into aspects of the new economic geography.’
– G. Pasko, Economic Issues

‘Overall, this volume is quite valuable on two fronts. It provides excellent surveys of the old, as well as the new, economic geography. It also provides insights into the newest methods, the newest questions, and some of the newest results, available from the growing number of economic geographers.’
– Linda Harris Dobkins, Journal of Regional Science

‘This is a valuable book which offers much insight.’
– Alan Wilson, Journal of Economic Geography

‘One of the most perplexing challenges confronting both scholars and policymakers is why certain regions in certain countries emerge as leaders, while others seem to lag perpetually. This path-breaking book provides rich and original new insights to these questions, offering novel theoretical frameworks and thorough empirical analyses that result in a new understanding of the sources of regional competitiveness and growth. Industrial Location Economics is something very unusual, namely a coherent edited volume. It contains some excellent pieces of work on various aspects of industrial location by leading international scientists in the field. One important aspect of this book is the outstanding way in which it bridges the gap between the traditional schools of location economics and the modern new economic geography approach to location economics. I am very impressed by this volume. It has been written very clearly and it combines advanced theoretical knowledge in the field of location economics with a subtle feeling for empirical verification.’
– Charlie Karlsson, Jönköping University, Sweden

‘The recent renaissance of interest in locational analysis has focused heavily on theoretical developments with limited empirical testing or analysis. This book is to be welcomed since many of the ideas and propositions advanced in Part I are subject to empirical explorations in the remainder of the book. Particularly impressive is the range of applications from urban systems and cluster analysis to new advances in the analysis of the location behaviour of multinational enterprises. It is hoped that the link between theory and empirical testing that characterises many of the contributions will serve as a stimulus for further explorations of the role that the new economic geography might play in helping understand and interpret the spatial economy of the early twenty-first century.’
– Geoffrey J.D. Hewings, University of Illinois, US

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