Fujita and ogawa revisited: An agent-based modeling approach

Eric J. Heikkila, Yiming Wang

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Abstract

This paper builds on and extends a classic paper (hereafter referred to as "F-O") published by Masahisa Fujita and Hideaki Ogawa in 1982. Their paper models the emergence of urban centers brought about by household and firm location decisions in the context of spatially differentiated labor and land market interactions. Their approach is an analytical one that seeks to characterize the equilibrium values of the system. In contrast, we employ an agent based modeling approach that seeks to replicate the individual household and firm behaviors that lead to equilibrium or non-equilibrium outcomes. The F-O model has little to say about what happens outside of equilibrium, while the ABM approach is pre-occupied with this question and is particularly well suited to address questions of path dependency and bounded rationality that lie well beyond the scope of the F-O original. We demonstrate that the urban outcomes that emerge depend critically upon the bidding behavior of agents and the institutional context within which their decisions are made.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 10th International Conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management, CUPUM 2007
PublisherUtrecht University
Pages1-31
Number of pages31
ISBN (Print)9788585205775
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Event10th International Conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management, CUPUM 2007 - Iguassu Falls, PR, Brazil
Duration: 11 Jul 200713 Jul 2007

Conference

Conference10th International Conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management, CUPUM 2007
CountryBrazil
CityIguassu Falls, PR
Period11/07/0713/07/07

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