Synopses & Reviews
This volume contains some important contributions to regional and urban economics made by Noboru Sakashita, one of the leading scholars in this field. The book deals with many interesting aspects of the field, among them topics on "industry location", "regional income inequality", "economics of multi-habitation", "agglomeration economies", "pricing of public transport service", and "urban growth". These practical topics are theoretically analyzed in rigorous fashion, but the theoretical analysis is complemented by empirical or numerical analysis so that the meaning of theoretical models can be fully understood.
This volume reproduces some important contributions to regional and urban economics made by Noboru Sakashita - one of the lead- ing scholars in this field. Since graduation from the University of Tokyo, Noboru Sakashita has been teaching and advancing the re- search at Hokkaido University, Tohoku University, Osaka University and the' University of Tsukuba. The career of Noboru Sakashita as a regional and urban econo- mist started in 1965 when he visited the University of Pennsylvania's Regional Science Department as a Fulbright scholar. While staying there, he concentrated on research on regional science in a stimula- tive atmosphere surrounded by Walter Isard, the founder of Region- al Science, and Isard's young colleagues, all of who were full of pas- sion for this newborn research field. The first two papers in this vo- lume were written during his stay at the University of Pennsylvania. Since returning to Japan, he has been carrying out his own research activities as well as fostering many promising disciplines in the field of regional and urban economics. Of course, Noboru Sakashita is a world renowned famous scholar, presenting many influential papers at World Congress, North American and European Meetings of the Regional Science Association, and other conferences, and publishing many articles in respected journals. He was elected president of the Regional Science Association International for 1987-88, and served as the first president of the Applied Regional Science Conference from 1987 to 1989.
Table of Contents
Contents: Regional Allocation of Public Investment.- Production Function, Demand Function and Location Theory of the Firm.- On a Simple Model of Dynamic Fiscal Policy.- National Growth and Regional Income Inequality: A Consistent Model.- National Growth and Income Inequality: Further Results.- Distribution Bias in the Welfare Pricing of Public Transport Service.- Urban Growth Analysis in Postwar Japan: Fact Findings on the Distribution of Urban Population.- Resolution of Mutual Loss Conflict Induced by the Embargo Threat.- Evaluation of Regional Development Policy - An Alternative Approach.- Location Quotients, Export Industries and Shift-Share Analysis.- Optimum Location of Public Facilities Under the Influence of the Land Market.- Presidential Address: Spatial Interdependence and Externalities.- Optimal Utilization of the Central Business District with Economy and Diseconomy of Agglomeration.- Economics of Multi-Habitation.- An Economic Theory of Urban Growth Control.