An Introduction to Regional Economics

Written by: Edgar M. Hoover and Frank Giarratani

This free online economics textbook is targeted to advanced undergraduates or first year graduate students taking their first course in regional economics. Students should have at least a minimal background in basic economics.

An Introduction to Regional Economics was written by Edgar M. Hoover and Frank Giarratani. Hoover taught at the University of Michigan and Harvard University. He was an economic consultant to government agencies, business firms, foundations and research institutes. He was Distinguished Service Professor of Economics, Emeritus, University of Pittsburgh and has written a number of textbooks. Giarratani is a Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Industry Studies, Department of Economics at the University of Pittsburgh. He is also a Senior Member of Wolfson College, Cambridge.

Their textbook endeavors to go beyond location theories framed in terms of manufacturing industries alone to include nonprofits, public institutions as well as residence. They also take the concept of conveyance beyond transportation to include services, energy and information.

First published in 1971, this economics textbook has served as a textbook on regional economics for upperclass and graduate students ever since. The 1999 version of the text is now being made available to students for free by the Regional Research Institute.

While designed for students who will not make regional economics their life’s work, it does offer those students an introduction to regional growth analysis and urban economics – two topics they will more intensively study in advanced courses.

Chapter Titles

  1. Introduction
  2. Individual Location Decisions
  3. Transfer Costs
  4. Location Patterns Dominated by Dispersive Forces
  5. Location Patterns Dominated by Cohesion
  6. Land Use
  7. The Spatial Structure of Urban Areas
  8. The Location of Urban Places
  9. Regions
  10. The Location of People
  11. How Regions Develop
  12. Regional Objectives and Policies
  13. Some Spatial Aspects of Urban Problems

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