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An Energy-centric Theory of Agglomeration

Moreno-Cruz, Juan and Taylor, M. Scott. (2017) An Energy-centric Theory of Agglomeration. WWZ Working Papers, 2017 (01).

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Abstract

This paper sets out a simple spatial model of energy exploitation to ask how the lo-cation and productivity of energy resources affects the distribution of economic activityacross geographic space. By combining elements from energy economics and economicgeography we link the productivity of energy resources to the incentives for economicactivity to agglomerate. We fnd a novel scaling law links the productivity of energyresources to population sizes, while rivers and roads effectively magnify productivity.We show how our theory's predictions concerning a single core, aggregate to predictionsover regional landscapes and city size distributions at the country level.
Faculties and Departments:06 Faculty of Business and Economics > Departement Wirtschaftswissenschaften
12 Special Collections > WWZ Publications > WWZ Discussion Papers and Working Papers
UniBasel Contributors:Moreno-Cruz, Juan
Item Type:Working Paper
Publisher:WWZ, University of Basel
Number of Pages:49
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Discussion paper / Internet publication
Language:English
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  • handle: RePEc:bsl:wpaper:2017/01
Last Modified:07 Mar 2018 13:07
Deposited On:07 Mar 2018 13:07

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