Linearized, optimally configured urban system models: a profit- maximizing formulation

J. E. Moore, L. L. Wiggins

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A general equilibrium, linear programming land-use model formulated in the heritage of Edwin Mills is extended to include a profit-maximizing objective function. This analog of the existing, cost-minimizing formulations in the literature is driven by exogenous export prices rather than by minimum-export requirements. A static, spatially disaggregate version of the model is specified by means of hexagonal landuse zones. Perfect market conditions are assumed and spatial markets identified. Production technologies are of the fixed-coefficient type with constant returns to scale. Import flows are treated explicitly for the first time in a model of this class, and their inclusion is shown to have a significant impact on optimal land-use configurations. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)369-390
Number of pages22
JournalEnvironment & Planning A
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Geography, Planning and Development


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