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CEP discussion paper
The Empirics of New Economic Geography
Stephen Redding
April 2009
Paper No' CEPDP0925:
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JEL Classification: F12; F14; O10

Tags: new economic geography; market access; industrial location; multiple equilibria

Although a rich and extensive body of theoretical research on new economic geography has emerged, empirical research remains comparatively less well developed. This paper reviews the existing empirical literature on the predictions of new economic geography models for the distribution of income and production across space. The discussion highlights connections with other research in regional and urban economics, identification issues, potential alternative explanations and possible areas for further research.