Economic Geography and the Spatial Evolution of Wages in the United States

  • Yannis M. Ioannides
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Questions pertaining to the location of economic activity, to the relative sizes of cities in different countries, and to changing roles for different geographical areas in the process of economic growth have attracted considerable interest recently. Work by several theorists who developed the so-called new economic geography, including recent contributions by several researchers, but in particular by Masahisa Fujita, Paul Krugman and Anthony Venables have added important new spatial insight to the established system of cities literature, represented most notably by research by Henderson (1974, 1988). The system of cities approach features powerful models of the intrametropolitan spatial structure, but lacks an explicit model of intermetropolitan spatial structure. Certain aspects of the intermetropolitan spatial structure have played a key role in the new economic geography literature, as, for example, in Krugman (199 lb). Krugman (1998) provides an excellent overview of this literature. Tabuchi (1998) proposes a step towards a synthesis of the older system of cities literature with the newer economic geography based theories by incorporating intrametropolitan commuting costs in addition to intermetropolitan transport costs.


Price Index Wage Rate Census Bureau Housing Market Real Wage 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yannis M. Ioannides
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  1. 1.Tufts UniversityUSA

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