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Can we learn anything from economic geography proper?

Overman, Henry G. (2004) Can we learn anything from economic geography proper? Journal of Economic Geography, 4 (5). pp. 501-516. ISSN 1468-2702

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Identification Number: 10.1093/jnlecg/lbh028


This paper considers the ways geographers (proper) and (geographical) economists approach the study of economic geography. It argues that there are two areas where the approach of the latter is more robust than the former. First, formal models identify which assumptions are crucial in obtaining a particular result and enforce internal consistency when moving from micro to macro behaviour. Second, empirical work tends to be more rigorous. There is much greater emphasis on identifying and testing refutable predictions from theory and on dealing with issues of observational equivalence. But any approach can be improved and so the paper also identifies ways in which geographical economists could learn from the direction taken by economic geographers proper.

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Additional Information: © 2004 Oxford University Press.
Divisions: Centre for Economic Performance
Geography & Environment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
JEL classification: B - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology > B4 - Economic Methodology > B41 - Economic Methodology
B - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology > B5 - Current Heterodox Approaches > B52 - Institutional; Evolutionary
F - International Economics > F1 - Trade > F12 - Models of Trade with Imperfect Competition and Scale Economies
R - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics > R0 - General > R00 - General
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2007
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2021 00:46

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