A Simple, Analytically Solvable, Chamberlinian Agglomeration Model

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Michael Pflüger

In: Regional Science & Urban Economics 34 (2004), 5, S. 565-573


This paper presents a simple Chamberlinian agglomeration model which, like the canonical core-periphery (CP) model, contains two agglomerative forces. However, in contrast to that model, the present model is analytically solvable. Moreover, the present model exhibits a "supercritical pitchfork bifurcation" rather than the "subcritical pitchfork bifurcation" of the CP model. This may be a better description for some agglomerative processes than the "catastrophic" emergence of complete agglomeration predicted by the CP model.

JEL-Classification: F12;F15;F22;R12
Keywords: Economic geography, Agglomeration, Human capital mobility