Studies in Contemporary Economics

Spatial Search

Structure, Complexity, and Implications

Authors: Maier, Gunther

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Two areas have fascinated me for a long time. One is the micro economic theory of consumer behavior, the other one the role of space in economic processes. Usually, the two don't go together very well. In more advanced versions of microeconomic consumer theory its economic actor may face uncertainty, have to allocate resources over time, or have to take into acĀ­ count the characteristics of products, but rarely deals with space. He/she inhabits a spaceless point economy. Regional Science, on the other hand, describes and analyzes the spatial structure and development of the econĀ­ omy, but either ignores individual decision making altogether or treats it in a rather simplistic way. In this book I try to bring together these two areas of interest of mine. I do this by use of the microeconomic concept of search and placing it in an explicit spatial context. The result, in my opinion, is a theoretical concept with fascinating implications, a broad set of potential implications, and numerous interesting research questions. After reading this book, where I layout the basic idea of spatial search, describe its elements, and discuss some of its implications, I hope the reader will share this opinion. There are still plenty of unanswered research questions in this part of economic theory. Hopefully, this book will stimulate more work along these lines.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Spatial Search
Book Subtitle
Structure, Complexity, and Implications
Authors
Series Title
Studies in Contemporary Economics
Copyright
1995
Publisher
Physica-Verlag Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-49346-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-49346-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-7908-0874-2
Series ISSN
1431-8806
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 254
Number of Illustrations and Tables
6 b/w illustrations
Topics