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Sep 21, 2023Liked by Étienne Fortier-Dubois

Wonderful review. The economist Ed Glaeser wrote 2 interesting papers that bear on some of the points you discuss:

Re: Boston (footnote 1), its ability to maintain its prominence over the centuries has been due to exactly the kind of trade dynamics you mention: https://www.nber.org/papers/w10166

Re: American centralization (footnote 3), one major reason why the economic fortunes of Chicago and Buenos Aires diverged so dramatically during the 20th century after being very similar in the 19th was that BA was also the political capital whereas Chicago was insulated from political shocks: https://www.nber.org/papers/w15104

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Sep 21, 2023Liked by Étienne Fortier-Dubois

Incredible review. I wonder, does this concept of import replacement apply to online communities and international corporations as well? Could this concept be the foundation of a generalized theory of the rise, decline, and fall of units of economic activity beyond cities?

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Sep 21, 2023Liked by Étienne Fortier-Dubois

This is a masterclass!!! I've been studying it all morning. Thank you!

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Sep 21, 2023Liked by Étienne Fortier-Dubois

I like the review a lot, but it has one significant flaw to me. It does not situate Jacob's work in the literature on economic geography, from Von Thünen's ring model of isolated cities, up through the economic geography of the 1960s, through the New Economic Geography pioneered by Venables and Krugman.

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