© 1979

Economies of Scale, Transport Costs and Location


Part of the Studies in Applied Regional Science book series (SARS, volume 16)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. George Norman
    Pages 1-16
  3. George Norman
    Pages 17-25
  4. George Norman
    Pages 60-87
  5. George Norman
    Pages 88-126
  6. George Norman
    Pages 127-156
  7. George Norman
    Pages 157-170
  8. George Norman
    Pages 171-177
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 178-205

About this book


The presence of nonconvexities does severe damage to conventional theories of the firm and of the individual. The essential contribution of location theory, however, is in a world in which there are such nonconvexities. If resources are distributed evenly and the usual convexity assumptions made, then economic activity would be distributed evenly; there would be no concentration of pro­ duction. Thus the statement that is usually made, that the standard results carry over to a world in which there is spatial choice, is too weak and fails to capture the essence oflocation theory. Nevertheless, we must also concede that, while the introduction of the spatial dimension is interesting and fruitful when (perhaps only when) there are non­ convexities, space should not be thought of as a panacea whereby problems­ those associated with economies of scale, for example -can be made to disap­ pear. There is no guarantee, for example, that production units will be operated in convex regions of their total cost curves, even if they are constrained to oper­ ate in a 'space economy'. These considerations led to the conclusion that the role of spatial choice and the determinants of such choice would be best analysed by case study. This book is one such study. It is based on my doctoral dissertation at the University of Cambridge, fmanced by a grant from the Social Science Research Council.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsUniversity of ReadingUK

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Economies of Scale, Transport Costs and Location
  • Authors George Norman
  • Series Title Studies in Applied Regional Science
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1979
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-89838-017-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-009-9253-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-009-9251-1
  • Series ISSN 0924-6029
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVIII, 206
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Economics, general
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