Some Implications of Behaviour in Agricultural Markets

  • Gordon F. Mulligan
Part of the Advances in Spatial Science book series (ADVSPATIAL)


Modem agricultural location theory stems from the seminal contributions of David Ricardo (1772–1834) and Johann Heinrich von Thünen (1783–1850) nearly two hundred years ago. Today, in the capitalist economies, much of the spatial variation in agricultural land use depends on but two factors: first, differences in physical features, where soil fertility, climate, and topography affect productivity; and second, differences in relative location, where farms face different transportation costs in delivering their produce to either markets or points of export. Unfortunately, even after the suggestion of McCarty and Lindberg (1966) some thirty years ago, few serious attempts have been made to synthesize these two complementary approaches to agricultural location theory.


Equilibrium Price Traditional Model Demand Curve Closed Model Environmental Uncertainty 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gordon F. Mulligan
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  1. 1.Department of Geography and Regional DevelopmentUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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