The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

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Christaller, Walter (1894–1975)

  • Gordon C. Cameron
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Christaller, who never held an academic post but worked throughout his life in association with the University of Erlangen, is known for one seminal book Die zentralen Orte in Süddeutschland [Central Places in Southern Germany]. Published in Germany in 1933 it remained largely unnoticed by English-speaking scholars until a translation of August Lösch’s Economics of Location (1954) brought it widespread attention. Later an accurate translation of Christaller’s book by C.W. Baskin (in 1966) confirmed the elegance of his deductive theorizing.


Central place theory Christaller, W. Market threshold Normal travelling distance 

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  1. Berry, B.J.L., and C.D. Harris. 1970. Walter Christaller: An appreciation. Geographical Review 60: 116–119.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Lösch, A. 1954. The economics of location. Trans. from the 2nd ed., 1944 by W.H. Woglom with the assistance of W.F. Stolper, New Haven: Yale University Press. 1st German ed., 1940.Google Scholar

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