Ia Discuss your understanding (at this relatively early stage of Geog.450) of the role of "agglomeration economies" as a space-differenting force. If possible, bring some order into the terminological confusion surrounding agglomeration and localization economies and diseconomies, external & internal economies, and economies of scale and scope. In what way did the reading of one (which?) of the three alternative readings from the Journal of Economic Perspectives 1998 (Quickley, Krugman or Glaeser) contribute to (or not) this understanding.
Ib Discuss this statement: "The forces behind spatial processes, especially those surrounding urbanization, can be simplified and reduced to 'centripetal' (spatially concentrating) and 'centrifugal' (dispersing) forces."
IIa Hayter's ch.2 is titled "Manufacturing Change in Historical Perspective". You have these choices:
IIb Briefly and in your own words,
III Give a brief account of the logistical AND conceptual "trials and tribulations" you are facing in getting your blue-list topic off the ground.
Please note: There will be a brief second part of this midterm, namely a "surprise" 20 minute closed-notebook, concept-identification QUIZ related entirely to classical and neoclassical location concepts in one of the classes during the next two week.