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The Economics of Industrial Location

A Logistics-Costs Approach


  • Exploration of the relationship between the location of the firm, the location of its markets and suppliers, and the inventory holding behaviour of the firm. Covers all areas of industrial location and linkage behaviour.

  • Reader will perceive the location problem and the role of transport costs in a new way which challenges many of the previous conclusions


Part of the Advances in Spatial Science book series (ADVSPATIAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Philip McCann
    Pages 1-4
  3. Philip McCann
    Pages 17-47
  4. Philip McCann
    Pages 49-133
  5. Philip McCann
    Pages 135-162
  6. Philip McCann
    Pages 163-177
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 217-228

About this book


The motivation for this book comes from the apparent inability of existing orthodox location theory to throw light on a series of location-production problems which are typically faced by modem manufacturing and distribution ftrms. These problems are related to the treatment of time by ftrms, who normally view time costs in terms of inventory costs. From this perspective, traditional industrial location and linkage analysis can be re-cast in a form in which space­ time problems can be dealt with in a unifted manner. The role played by input factor prices and market prices in location behaviour becomes dependent on the relationship between the frequency of shipment and the distance of shipment. This approach provides new insights into the relationship between the optimal location of the ftrm and the value-added by the ftrm, under conditions of either ftxed or varying local factor prices. The approach can then also be extended to discuss the of the spatial changes involved in the new Just-In-Time (JIT) production question philosophy. I would like to acknowledge the many helpful discussions I have had with Bernard Fingleton, Masahisa Fujita, Geoff Hewings, John McCombie, Ron Miller, John Parr, Tony E. Smith, and my colleagues at the University of Reading. Table of Contents Preface vn Introduction 1 1 Comparing Western and Japanese Industrial Purchasing Linkages 5 1. 1 Western Purchasing Linkages 5 Japanese Purchasing Linkages 7 1. 2 1.


Firm Inventory Costs Location Transport inventory production regional economics

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Economics, Faculty of Urban and Regional StudiesUniversity of ReadingReadingEngland

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Economics of Industrial Location
  • Book Subtitle A Logistics-Costs Approach
  • Authors Philip McCann
  • Series Title Advances in Spatial Science
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-64586-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-08423-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-662-03702-7
  • Series ISSN 1430-9602
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 228
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Regional/Spatial Science
    Geography, general
    Industrial and Production Engineering
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