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Investigating the Central Place theory: A case study on Uzbekistan

Fakhriyor Jamoliddinov , Jacinta DSilva

Background – Economic geography is the study of the distribution and spatial organization of economic activities across the world and is a dynamic sub-discipline of geography. However, many economists have also approached the field in ways more typical of the discipline of economics. Space or location analysis is where local growth models include space as an economic resource as well as a generator of dynamic advantage for the firms situated in it, therefore, it is trivial to emphasise the importance of location for economic activity, however, only recently it has been given due consideration by economic theory

Purpose – The purpose of this study is to evaluate how the physical dimensions of Uzbekistan have improved the economy in recent times compared to the Soviet era and to investigate the central place theory in relation to Mahallas

Design/methodology/approach – The methodology utilized for this paper was country-specific research and existing studies on space and location analysis. The paper also focuses on evaluating the renowned Central Place theory by Walter Christaller and its application using Uzbekistan as a case. This is a conceptual paper therefore, literature review and recommendations based on previous studies will be the prime methodology

Findings – The findings based on extensive research confirm that there has been incremental growth in space and location analysis. It was also found that Uzbekistan has successfully utilised its space and territories for economic development. In addition, the Central Place theory was applied in an interesting manner to Mahallas in Uzbekistan. Finally, the paper also highlights the importance of technological advancement and transportation to the success of economic development

Research limitations – This study follows a conceptual approach therefore, the limitation is to utilize the theories conducted by other researchers and apply them to Uzbekistan. Another practical limitation is that the researchers should have extensive knowledge about the country-specific in this case Uzbekistan. Future studies can be done on conducting quantitative research using some of the empirical models from economic geography

Originality/value – This research paper contributes to the existing body of research on locational analysis and regional studies as well as economic development. There has been limited research conducted on economic development of Uzbekistan; a growing economy post-soviet era and therefore, it is important to evaluate the significant contribution

Keywords: Economic Geography, Central Place Theory, Location Analysis, Regional Study, Economic Development

Posted by Fakhriyor Jamoliddinov , Jacinta DSilva on May 16, 2019 11:04:10 AM

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