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Together with Johann Heinrich von Thünen (1780– 1850), Wilhelm Launhardt (1832–1918), and Alfred Weber (1868–1958), August Lösch (1906–1945) is regarded as one of the early creators of spatial economic theory. His most important work, Die räumliche Ordnung der Wirtschaft (The Spatial Order of the Economy), translated into English 1954 under the slightly misleading title. The Economics of Location, became inter nationally recognized as an important theoretical base for the newly developing discipline of regional science.

Biographical Background

Lösch was born on October 15, 1906, in the small town of Öhrin gen in southwestern Germany. Two years later, the family moved to Heidenheim, where the young man passed Abitur, the German version of the high school final, in 1925. After an apprenticeship with a local industrial firm, he ...

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