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By Neal Bedford, Gemma Pitcher

Slalom the ski slopes at Kitzbuhel, hike the paths during the Tyrol and discover the musical historical past from Salzburg to Vienna. even if you are the following for the towns or to fill your lungs with natural mountain air, this inspiring advisor may also help you hook up with the guts of the rustic.

• CARVE UP THE SLOPES or saunter alongside wooded area trails with a devoted bankruptcy to aid plan your open air actions

• DREAM SWEETLY in Alpine chalets and unique boutique inns - experiences to fit each flavor and finances

• get away the rustic and discover the towns - from Linz to Graz and Innsbruck to Salzburg, the entire info you wish for nice urban breaks

• SOUND OF track or the Vienna Boys' Choir? Get past the cliches, or include them, with large leisure listings for quite a lot of musical occasions

• GET round with itineraries feedback and accomplished maps that can assist you plan your personal grand travel

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This may seem like a strong statement to make in isolation. So let me now turn to a brief survey of what seem to me, with the benefit of hindsight, to have been the most important traditions in spatial economics before, say, 1980. I hope that by the end of this discussion I will have persuaded you that my diagnosis is basically right. Five Traditions in Economic Geography These lectures are a meditation on economic theory, not a scholarly history of thought. As a consequence, I take the liberty of being both casual and dictatorial about my attributions.

The first big effort to get space into economics came in the 1950s, under the leadership of the redoubtable Walter Isard. Isard was and is a man of huge energy and vast learning; he performed an invaluable service in making the previously inaccessible German tradition available to monolingual economists like myself; and he created an interdisciplinary enterprise, regional science, which has been of considerable practical importance in the real world. But the aim he set himself in his magnum opus, Location and Space-Economy, to bring spatial concerns into the heart of economic theory, was never attained.

The tradition was, in fact, exasperatingly blurry about who was making what decisions, and almost completely silent on the question of how decisions of individuals might affect one another. Consider, for example, the famous problem of locating a factory so as to minimize transportation costs from several suppliers and to several markets. Who is doing the minimizing? Is this factory owned by a private firm? html [4/18/2007 10:30:11 AM] Document Page 40 does it price? Does it face competitors, and if so what assumptions does it make about their reactions?

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