FEEM working papers "Note di lavoro" series
2012 .064

Optimal Agglomerations in Dynamic Economics

Authors: William A. Brock, Anastasios Xepapadeas, Athanasios N. Yannacopoulos
Series: Climate Change and Sustainable Development
Editor: Carlo Carraro
Keywords: Agglomeration, Spatial Spillovers, Spillover Induced Instability, Rational Expectations Equilibrium, Social Optimum, Monotone Operators
JEL n.: C61, R11


We study rational expectations equilibrium problems and social optimum problems in infinite horizon spatial economies in the con- text of a Ramsey type capital accumulation problem with geographical spillovers. We identify sufficient local and global conditions for the emergence (or not) of optimal agglomeration, using techniques from monotone operator theory and spectral theory in infinite dimensional Hilbert spaces. Our analytical methods can be used to systematically study optimal potential agglomeration and clustering in dynamic economics.

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