An Economic Theory of Cities

Spatial Models with Capital, Knowledge, and Structures

  • Wei-Bin Zhang

Part of the Lecture Notes in Economics and Mathematical Systems book series (LNE, volume 512)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Wei-Bin Zhang
    Pages 1-20
  3. Wei-Bin Zhang
    Pages 150-165
  4. Wei-Bin Zhang
    Pages 185-200
  5. Wei-Bin Zhang
    Pages 201-203
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 204-224

About this book


Over more than two centuries the developmentofeconomic theory has created a wide array of different concepts, theories, and insights. My recent books, Capital and Knowledge (Zhang, 1999) and A TheoryofInternational Trade (Zhang, 2000) show how separate economic theories such as the Marxian economics, the Keynesian economics, the general equilibrium theory, the neoclassical growth theory, and the neoclassical trade theory can be examined within a single theoretical framework. This book isto further expand the frameworkproposed in the previous studies. This book is a part of my economic theory with endogenous population, capital, knowledge, preferences, sexual division of labor and consumption, institutions, economic structures and exchange values over time and space (Zhang, 1996a). As an extension of the Capital and Knowledge, which is focused on the dynamics of national economies, this book is to construct a theory of urban economies. We are concerned with dynamic relations between division of labor, division ofconsumption and determination of prices structure over space. We examine dynamic interdependence between capital accumulation, knowledge creation and utilization, economicgrowth, price structuresand urban pattern formation under free competition. The theory is constructed on the basisofa few concepts within a compact framework. The comparative advantage of our theory is that in providing rich insights into complex of spatial economies it uses only a few concepts and simplified functional forms and accepts a few assumptions about behavior of consumers, producers, and institutionalstructures.


Cities Knowledge creationan and utilization Pattern Formation Preferences Präferenzen Stadttheorie Stadtwachstum Städte Urban growth agglomeration

Authors and affiliations

  • Wei-Bin Zhang
    • 1
  1. 1.Jumonjibaru, Beppu-ShiRitsumeikan Asia Pacific UniversityOita-kenJapan

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-42767-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-56060-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0075-8442
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