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Spatial costs in a monocentric city (and implications for agglomeration)

Wenban-Smith, Hugh B. (2009) Spatial costs in a monocentric city (and implications for agglomeration). SERC Discussion Papers, SERCDP0032. Spatial Economics Research Centre (SERC), London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

Using water supply as a model for a wider range of infrastructure services, the effect of a negative exponential density gradient on distribution costs is investigated for four monocentric urban development scenarios: (a) Densification; (b) Dispersion; (c) Suburbanisation; and (d) Constant density. It is shown that economies of scale in production can be outweighed by diseconomies in distribution in cases (b) and (c), suggesting that the agglomeration benefits of infrastructure cannot be taken for granted. They depend as much on the effect of density on distribution costs as the effect of size on production costs.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://www.spatialeconomics.ac.uk/SERC/publication...
Additional Information: © 2009 Hugh B. Wenban-Smith
Library of Congress subject classification: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Sets: Research centres and groups > Spatial Economics Research Centre
Collections > Economists Online
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: SERCDP0032
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2011 10:56
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/33270/

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