Trajectories in Physical Space Out of Communication in Acquaintance Space: An Agent-Based Model of a Textile Industrial District
30 Pages Posted: 11 Sep 2010 Last revised: 4 Jul 2011
Date Written: September 9, 2010
This article presents an agent-based model of an Italian textile district where thousands of small firms specialize in particular phases of fabrics production. It reconstructs the web of communication between firms as they arrange production chains. In turn, production chains result in road traffic between the geographical areas where the district operates. The reconstructed traffic exhibits a pattern that has been observed, but not foreseen, by policy makers.
Keywords: Infrastructure Policy, Time-Geography, Agent-Based Models, Industrial Districts, Prato
JEL Classification: C69, D29, R39, R41
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