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 User Weisbuch title Sustainable development and spatial inhomogeneities Authors Gérard Weisbuch Source Journal of Statistical Physics Type Journal

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 Abstract Historical data, theory and computer simulations support a connection between growth and economic inequality. Our present world with large regional differences in economic activity is a result of fast economic growth during the last two centuries. Because of Limits to growth we might expect a future world to develop differently with far less growth. The question that we here address is:  Would a world with a sustainable economy be less unequal?'' We then develop integrated spatial economic models based on {\it limited} resources consumption and technical knowledge accumulation and study them by the way of computer simulations. When the only coupling between world regions is diffusion we do not observe any spatial unequality. By contrast, highly localized economic activities are maintained by global market mechanisms. Structures sizes are determined by transportation costs. Wide distributions of capital and production are also predicted in this regime. Created Monday 12 November, 2012 14:25:39