This is the first sustained discussion of methodological issues in economic geography in the last twenty years. It comprises an extended discussion of qualitative and ethnographic methods; an assessment of quantitative and numerical methods; an examination of post-structuralist and feminist methodologies; an overview of case-study approaches; and an inquiry into the relation between economic geography and other disciplines. With short, accessible, and engaging chapters, this is a critical assessment of qualitative and quantitative methods in economic geography.

Evolution in Economic Geography?

Evolution in Economic Geography?

Evolution in economic geography?
David L.Rigby

This chapter offers a brief sketch of the research programme that I have followed. It begins with graduate training in Marxian political economy and uneven development and extends to current interests in evolutionary models of technological change and regional economic dynamics. I spell out the choices made at different stages in my academic career, discussing the factors that influenced those decisions. These choices focused on research questions, on competing theoretical frameworks, and on evaluation of alternative methodologies. The choices were influenced by more practical considerations too. Initially, the concern was with choosing a research topic that was personally interesting and looked like it might have a shelf-life longer than my graduate career: I wasn't terribly successful! Later, ...

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