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Classical Location Theory

This course traces the key theories and conceptual models that have been developed to explain why economic activities tend to locate where they do.

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  • Duration 11 video lessons (169 Mins)
  • Published Published
    2020
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Browse Course Chapters

  • 1. Introduction (2 mins)
  • 2. What is Location Theory? (23 mins)
  • 3. Agglomeration: Why Cities Form and Grow (17 mins)
  • 4. Agglomeration: Why Cities Form and Grow, Part II (11 mins)
  • 5. Bid-Rent Theory: Von Thünen and Alonso (17 mins)
  • 6. Bid-Rent Theory: Von Thünen and Alonso, Part II (10 mins)
  • 7. Industrial Location: Alfred Weber (16 mins)
  • 8. Industrial Location: Alfred Weber, Part II (12 mins)
  • 9. Retail Location and Urban Market Areas: Palander, Hotelling, and Reilly (12 mins)
  • 10. Retail Location and Urban Market Areas: Palander, Hotelling, and Reilly, Part II (16 mins)
  • 11. Central Place Theory (27 mins)

Course Description

Understanding and describing the location of business activities has long been a focus for urban planners, regional scientists, and economic geographers. This course traces the key theories and conceptual models that have been developed to explain why economic activities tend to locate where they do. To introduce and explain these theories, this course covers several foundational concepts in classical location theory, including agglomeration economies, bid-rent theory, locational triangulation, urban market areas, and Central Place Theory.

At the end of this course, you will understand the basic principles and economic theories that explain why businesses tend to locate where they do, and thus the spatial-economic structure of cities.

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  • Development
  • Economics
  • Land Use
  • Plan Making
  • Site Planning
  • Urban Design

AICP CM

This course is available for 2.75 AICP CM credit

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Kevin Credit

Kevin Credit

Kevin is the Assistant Director for Urban Informatics at the Center for Spatial Data Science at the University of Chicago, as well as an Assistant Instructional Professor for GIScience there.

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