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Print Price: $158.99

480 pp.
68 figures; 37 photos; 55 tables, 8" x 10"


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Imprint: OUP Canada

Economic Geography

An Institutional Approach, Second Edition

Roger Hayter and Jerry Patchell

Economic Geography provides a thoroughly accessible and comprehensive introduction to the study of economic activity in place and across space. Building on the solid foundation laid in the first edition, this second edition features the most up-to-date data available as well as increased coverage of a wide variety of crucial topics--from recent shifts in emerging markets to the growth of transportation and communication networks to the economic ramifications of climate change to the increasing urbanization of economies. Reflecting the most current thinking in the field, Economic Geography opens students' eyes to the many ways in which economic, social, and political institutions affect both quality of life for individuals and outcomes for societies around the world.

Readership : Economic Geography: An Institutional Approach is targeted at second- and third- year economic geography students at universities and colleges across Canada.


  • "[A] superior textbook, well written and engaging. . . . The graphics are a real strength, particularly for today's students who really like visual presentations of information."
    --Milford Green, Western University

  • "The novel inclusion of a chapter on non-profits makes this book unique and in many ways pioneering."
    --Tim Reiffenstein, Mount Allison University

About Economic Geography
Part I Markets in Place, Space, and Time
1. Markets in Place and Space
Contemplating Markets
Market Exchange
Market Coordination
Market Governance
2. The (Evolving) Spatial Division of Labour
Introducing the Division of Labour
Urbanization, Scale Economies, and Cumulative Causation
3. Innovation, Evolution, and Inequality
Innovation and Markets
Innovation as a Social Process
Techno-economic Paradigms
The Changing Geography of Innovation
Innovation and Global Inequality
Part II Institutional Pillars of Modern Space Economies
4. Business
Introducing Business
Business Segmentation
Location Dynamics
5. Labour
The Distinctive Evolutionary Nature of Labour Markets
The Nature of Labour Markets
Labour Market Segmentation
Labour Market Failures and Challenges
6. Government
The Role of Government
The Nature of Government-Economy Relations
Government Policy Interventions and Institutions
Regional and Local Development Policies
International Economic Policies: The Free Trade Agenda
The Incomplete Territorialisation of Externalities Governance
7. Non-Profit Organizations
The Role of Non-Profit Organizations
The Diversity of Non-Profits
Economic Impacts
Global-Local Dynamics of NGO Activism
Social Capital and Development
Part III Location Dynamics of Value Chains
8. Cities
The Role of Cities
Cities are Global and Local
Systems of Cities
Intra-Urban Land-Use Patterns
9. Energy and Mineral Resources
Contradictions of Resource Exploitation
The Resource Cycle Meets the Value Chain
Resource-based Development
10. Agriculture
Geographic Differences in Agriculture
Local and Global Markets: Disparities and Dilemmas
Organization: From Old MacDonald to McDonald's
Regional Renewal and Relocalization
11. Manufacturing
Geographic Differences in Manufacturing
The Shifting Geography of Manufacturing
Locating Manufacturing Facilities
Location, Product Cycle Dynamics, and Value Chains
Clustering and Congregation
12. Services
The Development of the Service Industry
Defining Services
Consumer Services
Producer Services
Public Services
13. Transportation and Communication Networks
The Role of Transportation and Communication Networks
Costs, Pricing, and Location
Transportation, Communications, and Scale
14. Consumption
Geographic Differences in Consumption
Demand: Decision-making by Consumers
Consumption Over Space
Consumption of Places and Space
List of Initialisms

PowerPoint Slides
For each chapter:
- Approximately 20 lecture outline slides
Test Bank
For each chapter:
- 20 multiple choice questions
- 5 short answer questions
- 3 essay questions
Image Bank
- All tables, figures, maps, and photos from the text
E-Book ISBN 9780199013296

Roger Hayter is a professor in the Department of Geography at Simon Fraser University. He is well known and well respected as an instructor, academic, and writer. Professor Hayter was given the Award for Scholarly Distinction by the Canadian Association of Geographers in 1999 and served as Editor of The Canadian Geographer from 2006 to 2008.

Jerry Patchell is an associate professor in the Division of Social Sciences at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He completed his MA at Western University, and his Ph.D at SFU, with Roger Hayter as his supervisor.

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Special Features

  • Canadian and international coverage makes material relevant and relatable to Canadian students while encouraging them to maintain a global perspective.
  • Classroom tested by the authors at their schools for a number of years, this book has been refined to ensure it is both relevant and accessible to students across the country.
  • Explores how social and political structures interact with markets to determine a place's economic efficiency, the degree of social equity it enjoys, and its position in the global system.
  • Up-to-date research and statistics makes this the most current economic geography text available.
  • Unbiased treatment of the discipline--the authors take care to present both sides of contentious issues, offering students a balanced treatment of economic geography.
  • End-of-chapter questions and case studies ask students to put theory into practice, underlining the real-life applications of geographic principles.
  • Additional references at the end of each chapter suggest avenues for further research.
New to this Edition
  • New Case Study boxes show students how they can apply key concepts from economic geography to gain a deeper understanding of real-world economies and developments.
  • New and revised figures, maps, and photos illustrate key concepts and enhance students' understanding of more complex topics such as location quotients (Ch. 8) and crude oil exports and imports (Ch. 9).
  • New and updated discussions on such key topics as the challenges of sustainable development (Ch. 1) and consumption (Ch. 14), as well as increased coverage of economic geography in emerging markets throughout the text.
  • Significantly revised writing style ensures this text is accessible for all students.
  • Revised end-of-chapter questions relate more directly to the chapter's content and engage students in classroom discussion.
  • An updated online ancillary suite--featuring a test bank, PowerPoint slides, and an image bank--offers additional resources to enhance the teaching and learning experiences.