FEEM working papers "Note di lavoro" series
2013 .068

Adjustment Costs and Long Run Spatial Agglomerations


Authors: William Brock, Anastasios Xepapadeas, Athanasios Yannacopoulos
Series: Economy and Society
Editor: Giuseppe Sammarco
Type: J
Keywords: Investment Theory, Adjustment Costs, Spatial Agglomerations
JEL n.: D21, R3, C61
JEL: German Economic Review
Date: 10/2014

Abstract

We introduce knowledge spillovers as an externality in the production function of competitive firms operating in a finite spatial domain under adjustment costs. Spillovers are spatial as productive knowledge flows more easily among firms located nearby. When knowledge spillovers are not internalized by firms spatial agglomerations may emerge endogenously in a competitive equilibrium, however, they do not emerge at the steady state of the social optimum.

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