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Consumers’ Spatial Choice Behavior


Part of the International Economics and Institutions book series (INTERNAT.ECON.)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Angelika Eymann
    Pages 1-5
  3. Angelika Eymann
    Pages 7-41
  4. Angelika Eymann
    Pages 43-115
  5. Angelika Eymann
    Pages 117-167
  6. Angelika Eymann
    Pages 169-173
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 175-192

About this book


Migration, commuting, and tourism are prominent phenomena demonstrating the political and economic relevance of the spatial choice behavior of households. The identification of the determinants and effects of the households' location choice is necessary for both entrepreneurial and policy planners who attempt to predict (or regulate) the future demand for location-specific commodities, such as infrastructure, land, or housing, and the supply of labor. Microeconomic studies of the spatial behavior of individuals have typically focused upon the demand for a single, homogeneous, yet location-specific com­ 2 modity (such as land! or housing ) or their supply of labor3 and investigated the formation of location-specific prices and wages in the presence of transportation and migration costs or analyzed the individual-and location-specific character­ istics triggering spatial rather than quantitative or temporal adjustments. In contrast to many theoretical analyses, empirical studies of the causes or con­ sequences of individual demand for location-specific commodities have often considered several "brands" of a heterogeneous good that are offered at various locations, are perfect substitutes, and may be produced by varying production 4 technologies. lCf. Alonso (1964) 2Cf. Muth (1969). 3Cf. Sjaastad (1962) and Greenwood (1975).


Econometrics Microeconomics Mikroökonomie Regional Science Regionalwissenschaft agents Ökonometrie

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  1. 1.Department of Economics and StatisticsUniversity of MannheimMannheimGermany

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