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Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Economic Geography

Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Economic Geography

Handbooks of Research Methods and Applications series

Edited by Charlie Karlsson, Martin Andersson and Therese Norman

The main purpose of this Handbook is to provide overviews and assessments of the state-of-the-art regarding research methods, approaches and applications central to economic geography. The chapters are written by distinguished researchers from a variety of scholarly traditions and with a background in different academic disciplines including economics, economic, human and cultural geography, and economic history. The resulting handbook covers a broad spectrum of methodologies and approaches applicable in analyses pertaining to the geography of economic activities and economic outcomes.

Chapter 10: Local multiplier and economic base analysis

Per Thulin

Subjects: economics and finance, regional economics, geography, economic geography, research methods in geography, research methods, research methods in economics, research methods in geography, urban and regional studies, regional economics, research methods in urban and regional studies


The economic base model and the associated local multiplier were developed during the twentieth century and may now be considered basic tools in urban and regional economics. The model is built on the observation that production is either sold locally or exported to other regions or countries. Economic activity can therefore be categorized as either belonging to the basic or the non-basic sector, where the former label is used for sectors primarily producing for the export market and the latter for sectors producing for the local market. Export draws new income and purchasing power into the local area, which gives rise to higher demand for non-traded goods and services in the region. Expanding the basic sector is therefore considered to be crucial for the region’s overall economic development. The economic base model gives a snapshot view of a region’s aggregated industrial structure, but is mainly used to explain and predict overall growth effects due to exogenous shocks to the local economy.

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