DP3208 Spatial Agglomeration Dynamics
|Publication Date:||February 2002|
|Keyword(s):||cluster, continuous space, convergence, distribution dynamics, globalization, growth, Knowledge, saddlepath dynamics, spatial inequality, spatial spillovers|
|JEL(s):||D30, O10, O41|
|Programme Areas:||International Macroeconomics|
|Link to this Page:||cepr.org/active/publications/discussion_papers/dp.php?dpno=3208|
This Paper develops a model of economic growth and activity locating endogenously on a 3-dimensional featureless global geography. The same economic forces influence simultaneously growth, convergence, and spatial agglomeration and clustering. Economic activity is not concentrated on discrete isolated points but instead a dynamically-fluctuating, smooth spatial distribution. Spatial inequality is a Cass-Koopmans saddlepath, and the global distribution of economic activity converges towards egalitarian growth. Equality is stable but spatial inequality is needed to attain it.