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Location Games Primer

Tony Dziepak

Department of Economics
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Dziepak "at" vt "dot" edu


This paper is an introduction to the field of location games—what has traditionally been referred to as spatial competition or location theory. The beginning of these models has been attributed to Hotelling (1929), but the idea of these models predates that paper. I refer to the field as location games because experimental methods are now being introduced to the field to supplement the traditional theoretical analysis. The literature review covers the development of the field of location theory that is relevant to this research. Also included are some recent papers that begin to explore location games with experimental analysis.

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