PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2016, Vol. 35 ›› Issue (4): 409-419.doi: 10.18306/dlkxjz.2016.04.002

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Progress of services location studies in metropolis

Lin ZHOU(), Tiyan SHEN*   

  1. School of Government, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
  • Online:2016-04-27 Published:2016-04-27
  • Contact: Tiyan SHEN
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.71473008;Major Program of National Social Science Foundation of China, No.13&ZD166;Youth Program of National Social Science Foundation of China, No.15CJL061


With the globalization of services economy, services are becoming the core driving forces of metropolis development in different countries. Location choice of services is also the main factor that shapes the economic structure in metropolis. Therefore, this article examines progress of services location research in metropolis from three aspects: spatial pattern, location preference, and main influence factors. The main findings are as follows: (1) Discussion of services agglomeration and diffusion is often the most important topic. (2) Transportation factor is of high importance in the process of services agglomeration and diffusion. (3) The research perspective tends to be microscopic. (4) The influence of noneconomic factors such as urban amenity and local policy are being taken seriously. (5) Some researchers have focused on social equity and worked on the differentiation of services between different social groups. Finally, this article recommends further research on change analysis based on data of individual service companies, refocusing geospatial research on socioeconomic issues, and embedding services research into urban planning and management system.

Key words: metropolis, location of services, research progress, international studies and literature