A First Approximation to a RAND Model for Study of Urban Transportation

by John F. Kain, John Robert Meyer


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A description of a generalized model of an urban complex for studying the intricate interrelationships between transportation and the spatial organization of economic activities. While the behavioral relationships suggested in this first approximation fall short of constituting a full "structural model" of urban economic and social processes, they do provide a systematic framework for collecting some of the information needed to construct more complete and basic models.

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