The footloose entrepreneur model with a finite number of equidistant regions

José M. Gaspar, Sofia B. S. D. Castro, João Correia-da-Silva

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We study the Footloose Entrepreneur model with a finite number of equidistant regions, focusing on the analysis of stability of agglomeration, total dispersion, and boundary dispersion. As the number of regions increases, there is more tendency for agglomeration and less tendency for dispersion. As it tends to infinity, agglomeration always becomes stable while dispersion always becomes unstable. These results are robust to any composition of the global workforce and its dependence on the number of regions. Numerical evidence suggests that boundary dispersion is never stable. We introduce exogenous regional heterogeneity and obtain a general condition for stability of agglomeration.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)420-446
Number of pages27
JournalInternational Journal of Economic Theory
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020


  • Agglomeration
  • Core-periphery
  • Footloose entrepreneur
  • Multiple regions


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