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A book for academic students,
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This review is from: An Introduction to Geographical Economics: Trade, Location and Growth (Paperback)
Fundamentally, this book is written by academics, for academics. The mathematical content, for the most part, should be easily understood at a glance by Science graduates and advanced undergraduates. There is a later edition (2009)
The learned layperson would find it easier to read it if (s)he takes the statistical results at face value without analysis of their derivations or methods of attainment. That is, unless (s)he enjoys the mental fetish for statistical calculations.
Table of Contents:
1. A first look at geography, trade and development
2. Geography and economic theory
3. The core model of geographical economics
4. Solutions and simulations
5. Geographical economics and empirical evidence
6. Refinements and extensions
7. Cities and congestion: the economics of Zipf's Law
8. Agglomeration and international business
9. The structure of international trade
10. Dynamics and economic growth
11. The policy implications and value added of geographical economics
This book is a worthy introduction for economists seeking an understanding of geographical economic perspectives, as well as for students and business persons with a keen interest in understanding international, regional, and urban perspectives. The authors wrote the book for these kinds of readers as described in the preface of the book. It explains the role that geographic location plays in economic life with examples of numerous economic data in various countries. There are also research exercises at the end of each chapter.
I've done a cursory scanning for similar books over the internet for more suitable books for the general layperson, but could not find any (at time of writing) for less than £30. This is probably because of the specialised nature of this field of study. I can only assume that this book is one of the best that is currently available for an introduction to the subject matter.
After reading it from a learned layperson's perspective, with an academic appreciation, I can give it a rating of no less than 4 stars.