Research on the spatial aspects of economic activity has flourished over the past decade due to the emergence of new theory, new data, and an intense interest on the part of policymakers, especially in Europe but increasingly in North America and elsewhere as well. However, these efforts--collectively known as the "new economic geography"--have devoted little attention to the policy implications of the new theory.
Economic Geography and Public Policy fills the gap by illustrating many new policy insights economic geography models can offer to the realm of theoretical policy analysis. Focusing primarily on trade policy, tax policy, and regional policy, Richard Baldwin and coauthors show how these models can be used to make sense of real-world situations. The book not only provides much fresh analysis but also synthesizes insights from the existing literature.
The authors begin by presenting and analyzing the widest range of new economic geography models to date. From there they proceed to examine previously unaddressed welfare and policy issues including, in separate sections, trade policy (unilateral, reciprocal, and preferential), tax policy (agglomeration with taxes and public goods, tax competition and agglomeration), and regional policy (infrastructure policies and the political economy of regional subsidies). A well-organized, engaging narrative that progresses smoothly from fundamentals to more complex material, Economic Geography and Public Policy is essential reading for graduate students, researchers, and policymakers seeking new approaches to spatial policy issues.
"Even more impressive than the speed with which this monograph was created, is the breadth of issues that is covered and the wealth of results that is derived and synthesized. For anyone thinking about trade, tax, and regional policies, it is required reading."--Michael Pflüger, Journal of Economic Geography
"The impressive efforts by Baldwin et al. to construct various [New Economic Geography] inspired models that are more easily tractable and perfectly solvable may inspire increased efforts to test these models empirically, which will further aid in a more robust empirical identification of the driving forces of firm location behavior and related regional welfare issues."--Jacob A. Jordaan, Progress in Human Geography
"I like this book very much. It provides a wonderful overview of what can be accomplished with the tools of economic geography in various fields of economics. De novo analysis is presented through several new models and results that extend the field in many directions. The style of presentation strikes a very good balance between intuition and rigor, and the various chapters obey the same organization, making the work very accessible."--Jacques Thisse, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics, Université catholique de Louvain
"This book presents and analyses a wider range of new economic geography (NEG) models than are currently available, and undertakes a systematic analysis of how our thinking about welfare and public policy issues is altered by the NEG approach. These are both important contributions. The areas addressed are topical both to academics and to policymakers seeking new ways of thinking about regional and spatial policy issues."--Anthony Venables, London School of Economics