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dc.contributor.authorBieri, David Stephanen_US
dc.date.accessioned2016-09-22T15:14:50Z
dc.date.available2016-09-22T15:14:50Z
dc.date.issued2010-08-12en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-08212010-231806en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/73013
dc.description.abstractThe essays in this dissertation represent theoretical and empirical contributions to urban economics and regional science, focusing on the growing importance of nonmarket interactions. There is increasing evidence that the process of globalization is rendering the world "spiky" rather than "flat". Nonmarket interactions, such as knowledge spillovers, innovation or amenity-based externalities, play a central role in this process. As economic activity is not evenly spread across space, a detailed understanding of the economic linkages between regions is key to the design of effective public policy. This is particularly important in the context of economic linkages between regions or cities, highlighting the key adjustment mechanisms -- via both market and nonmarket transactions -- and their long-run implications for incomes, the cost of living, and the spatial distribution of population. Both the neoclassically-grounded field of urban economics and the rapidly expanding New Economic Geography (NEG) literature pioneered by Krugman offer a variety of models and (not infrequently competing) predictions about the factors and processes that shape the spatial structure of the economy. At the same time, the dialogue between qualitative and quantitative discourses in regional science has been marred by an increasingly embittered dispute over methodology. While acutely pronounced in economics, this development has re-shaped large parts of its sister disciplines as well, particularly sociology and geography. Across the board, proponents of quantitative science methodology increasingly likened themselves to their natural science counterparts, whereas qualitative methods had become the last bastion of "true social scientists". Today, these so-called "science wars" have rendered "qualitative" and "quantitative" analysis into almost mutually exclusive concepts.
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dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
dc.rightsI hereby certify that, if appropriate, I have obtained and attached hereto a written permission statement from the owner(s) of each third party copyrighted matter to be included in my thesis, dissertation, or project report, allowing distribution as specified below. I certify that the version I submitted is the same as that approved by my advisory committee. I hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the non-exclusive license to archive and make accessible, under the conditions specified below, my thesis, dissertation, or project report in whole or in part in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all other ownership rights to the copyright of the thesis, dissertation or project report. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis, dissertation, or project report.en_US
dc.subjectRegional linkagesen_US
dc.subjectnonmarket interactionsen_US
dc.subjectqualitative and quantitative discourseen_US
dc.subjectspatial structureen_US
dc.titleLocation Choice, Linkages and the Spatial Economy: Essays on Theory, Evidence and Heterodox Assessmenten_US
dc.typeDissertationen_US
dc.contributor.departmentPublic and International Affairsen_US
dc.description.degreePh. D.en_US
thesis.degree.namePh. D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplinePublic and International Affairsen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairKnox, Paul L.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberDawkins, Casey J.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberMayer, Heikeen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberMills, Bradford F.en_US
dc.type.dcmitypeTexten_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-08212010-231806/en_US
dc.date.sdate2010-08-21en_US
dc.date.rdate2015-07-08
dc.date.adate2010-09-23en_US


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