Spatial welfare economics versus ecological footprint: modeling agglomeration, externalities and trade

  title={Spatial welfare economics versus ecological footprint: modeling agglomeration, externalities and trade},
  author={Fabio Grazi and Jeroen van den Bergh and Piet Rietveld},
  journal={Environmental and Resource Economics},
A welfare framework for the analysis of the spatial dimensions of sustainability is developed. It covers agglomeration effects, interregional trade, negative environmental externalities, and various land use categories. The model is used to compare rankings of spatial configurations according to evaluations based on social welfare and ecological footprint indicators. Five spatial configurations are considered for this purpose. The exercise is operationalized with the help of a two-region model… Expand

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