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On the Genesis of Hexagonal Shapes
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Regional Science (CERUM).
2004 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Hexagonal shapes for market areas have been dominant in spatial economics ever since Christaller observed them and Lösch explained their emergence in terms of optimality. It is observed in the following that, though hexagons are best, the differences to for instance squares in terms of efficiency are negligibly small. As the existence of hexagonal shapes - in the space economy, as well as in beehives or other patterns of the physical world cannot be denied - a different cause for their emergence is proposed. Such an explanation is structural stability, which allows three market areas, but not four or six, to come together in each common vertex. The focus is hence the way market areas are organized in space, rather than their shape.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2004. , 21 p.
Series
CERUM Working Paper, ISSN 1404-5362 ; 73
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-24670OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-24670DiVA: diva2:227068
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Centrum för regionalvetenskap (CERUM), 90187, Umeå
Note
Med stöd av EU-projektet Urban Design. Published in Networks and Spatial Economics ISSN 1566-113X 2005 vol 5 no 1 pp 5-20 doi:10.1007/s11067-005-6659-2 www.springerlink.com Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication.Available from: 2009-07-13 Created: 2009-07-09 Last updated: 2012-03-14

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