Economic geographers study and attempt to explain the spatial configuration of economic activities, including the production of goods and services, their transfer from one economic agent to another and their transformation into utility by consumers. The spatial configuration, which includes both the pattern of activities on the map and the relationships between activities occurring in different places, is the outcome of a vast number of distinct but interrelated decisions made by firms, households, governments and a variety of other private and public institutions. The goal of this book is to provide the student with a rigorous introduction to a diverse but logically consistent set of analytical models of the spatial decisions and interactions that drive the evolution of the economic landscape.

It begins by explaining fundamental concepts that are critical to all topics in economic geography: the friction of distance, agglomeration, spatial interaction, market mechanisms, natural resources and production technologies. Sections follow to cover major areas of inquiry including multiregional economies, location theory, markets for space and systems of cities. The final section synthesizes and builds on these topics to address two trends that provide particular challenges to economic geographers today: globalization and the emergence of the knowledge economy.

part I|95 pages

Fundamental concepts

chapter 1|13 pages


chapter 2|14 pages

The friction of distance

chapter 3|13 pages


chapter 4|14 pages


chapter 5|10 pages

Spatial interaction

chapter 6|12 pages

Resources and the environment

chapter 7|18 pages

The production technology

part II|63 pages

The multiregional economy

part III|49 pages

Location theory

chapter 13|16 pages

Transportation and location

chapter 14|9 pages

Scale economies and input substitution

chapter 15|10 pages

Labor, rent, taxes and subsidies

chapter 16|12 pages

Interrelated location choices

part IV|54 pages

Markets for space

chapter 17|17 pages

Agricultural land use

chapter 18|16 pages

Urban land use: the monocentric city

chapter 19|19 pages

Urban sprawl and the polycentric city

part V|50 pages

Systems of cities

chapter 20|12 pages


chapter 22|15 pages

Central place theory

chapter 23|12 pages

Network urban systems

part VI|48 pages

Globalization and the knowledge economy

chapter 25|16 pages

The globalization of production systems

chapter 26|15 pages

The knowledge economy