Cities and the Wealth of Nations: Principles of Economic Life

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Vintage Books, 1985 - Business & Economics - 257 pages
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"Learned, iconoclastic and exciting...Jacobs' diagnosis of the decay of cities in an increasingly integrated world economy is on the mark."—New York Times Book Review

"Jacobs' book is inspired, idiosyncratic and personal...It is written with verve and humor; for a work of embattled theory, it is wonderfully concrete, and its leaps are breathtaking."—Los Angeles Times

"Not only comprehensible but entertaining...Like Mrs. Jacobs' other books, it offers a concrete approach to an abstract and elusive subject. That, all by itself, makes for an intoxicating experience."—New York Times

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The first chapter is a standard review of basic economic theoriests, in which Jacobs sets the stage for a thesis that ranges over many centuries and the world. When production drops one place and the ... Read full review

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Brilliantly simple explanation what makes the solid base of the economy. Read full review


Fools Paradise
Back to Reality
Cities Own Regions
Supply Regions
Regions Workers Abandon
Transplant Regions
Bypassed Places
Faulty Feedback to Cities
Transactions of Decline
The Predicament

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Jane Jacobs was the legendary author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities, a work that has never gone out of print and that has transformed the disciplines of urban planning and city architecture. Her other major works include The Economy of Cities, Systems of Survival, The Nature of Economies and Dark Age Ahead. She died in 2006.

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