HARRIS AND WILSON (1978) MODEL REVISITED: THE SPATIAL PERIOD-DOUBLING CASCADE IN AN URBAN RETAIL MODEL

Minoru Osawa, Takashi Akamatsu, Yuki Takayama

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Abstract

Harris and Wilson (1978)'s retail location model is a pioneering work that utilizes the combination of the “fast” and “slow” dynamics to describe the space economy. This paper elucidates the model's previously unknown comparative static (bifurcation) properties in a many-location setting beyond two. We show that the spatial structure's evolutionary path in line with decreasing transport costs exhibits a remarkable property, namely, a “spatial period-doubling cascade.” Furthermore, we reveal strong linkages between the model and “new economic geography” models in terms of their model structures and bifurcation properties, offering a new theoretical perspective for understanding agglomeration behaviors in multilocation settings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)442-466
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Regional Science
Volume57
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jun

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)

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