1974 volume 6(4) pages 431 – 437
doi:10.1068/a060431

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Stern H I, 1974, "A goal-programming approach to planning for population balance in a multiregional system" Environment and Planning A 6(4) 431 – 437

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A goal-programming approach to planning for population balance in a multiregional system

H I Stern

Received 20 May 1974

Abstract. This paper is concerned with the problem of settlement or resettlement of a remote region through the development of a collection of interacting human settlements. It is assumed that the government specifies a fixed development budget for housing and economic programs, as well as desired population growth profiles in time and space for the planning horizon. Goal programming is used to find the spatial - temporal scheduling of new housing construction, and development of job opportunities, that minimizes the sum of the weighted deviations between predicted and desired population trajectories over all regions. Benefits and limitations of the proposed model are proffered, as well as an exposition of related work in the literature.

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