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The Location Invariance Theorem in Weberian Space Under Uncertainty

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Abstract:

This paper examines the validity of the location invariance theorem in Weberian space under various types of uncertainty. The main results are: Given that the firm's location is constrained to remain at a specified distance from the output market, the optimal location is invariant to any change in product demand if and only if the production function is homothetic for a firm facing demand price uncertainty, or if the production function is homothetic and both inputs are risk-neutral for a firm facing technological uncertainty. Alternatively, given that the distance from the firm's location to the output market is a variable, location invariance occurs for a firm facing demand price uncertainty if the production function is linear homogeneous. In the presence of input price uncertainty the optimal location always varies with a change in product demand. The results can include those previously obtained for linear stochastic location models as special cases and some are new contributions to the literature.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/0022-4146.00209

Affiliations: 1: Institute of Economics, Academia Sinica, Nankang, Taipei, 2: Tamkang University, Taiwan

Publication date: February 1, 2001

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