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CEP Discussion Paper
Internet Cluster Emergence
Danny Quah
February 2000
Paper No' CEPDP0441:
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Tags: distribution dynamics; economic geography; internet; location; space; time; toepitz; weightless economy

Internet development holds the promise of transmitting economic value across physical space at zero marginal cost. In such a 'weightless economy', what factors matter for the location of economic activity and thus for economic development? This paper sketches a model of spatial dynamics over a three-dimensional globe, where transportation costs don't matter. The paper develops conditions under which clusters of activity emerge.