Chapter 66

Historical Perspectives on U.S. Economic Geography

Sukkoo Kim Department of Economics, Washington University, USA.

Robert A. Margo Department of Economics, Vanderbilt University, USA.

JEL classification:R0


We review historical patterns of economic geography for the United States from the colonial period to the present day. The analysis is framed in terms of two geographic scales: regions and cities. The compelling reason for studying geographic area of two different scales is that models that explain location of economic activities at one scale may not apply to other scales. We consider the process of settling the frontier; the development of national markets in goods and factors and, more ...

Get Handbook of Regional and Urban Economics now with the O’Reilly learning platform.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from nearly 200 publishers.