This new and updated edition brings together a vast wealth of theories and models pertaining to regional economics, a branch of economics that studies the territorial aspects of economic phenomena through the use of models that explain production, income, and consumption levels, as well as growth rates, in conditions of unequal territorial distribution of resources. This discipline has recently awaken a strong interest not only among economists, but also among social scientists and policy-makers committed to furthering goals identified by the European Union, such as competitiveness, cohesion, and sustainability, which are closely tied to territorial features. Addressing university students in different disciplines (economics, engineering, architecture, sociology, political science), the author has opted for an easily comprehensible treatment, assuming only that the reader has mastered elementary notions of micro- and macroeconomics. At the same time, she has attempted to limit analytical arguments and make abundant use of graphs and illustrations.
Contents: Foreword, by R. Camagni - Preface to the second edition - Introduction - Part One: The Theory of Localisation: Physical-Metric Space - 1. Agglomeration and Localisation - 2. Accessibility and Localisation - 3. Hierarchy and Localisation - Part Two: Theories of Regional Growth: Uniform-Abstract Space - 4. Production Structure and Development - 5. Demand - 6. Factorial Endowments - Part Three: Theories of Local Development: Diversified-Relational Space - 7. Territorial Competitiveness and Exogenous Development - 8. Territorial Competitiveness and Endogenous Development: Agglomeration Economies - 9. Territorial Competitiveness and Endogenous Development: Innovation and Proximity - Part Four: Theories of Regional Growth: Diversified-Stylised Space - 10. Territorial Competitiveness and Cumulative Demand/Supply Development - 11. Territorial Competitiveness and Endogenous Growth - 12. Towards a Synthesis - Bibliographical References
Roberta Capello teaches Surveying and Territorial Economics in the Faculty of Constructional Engineering-Architecture of the Polytechnic in Milan and is a member of the executive boards of the Regional Science Association International (RSAI) and the European Regional Science Association (ERSA).