Chapter 66

Historical Perspectives on U.S. Economic Geography

Sukkoo Kim Department of Economics, Washington University, USA.

Robert A. Margo robert.a.margo@vanderbilt.edu Department of Economics, Vanderbilt University, USA.

JEL classification:R0

Abstract

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 ...

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