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Examining the consistency of spatial association patterns across socio-economic indicators: an application to the Greek regions

Monastiriotis, Vassilis (2009) Examining the consistency of spatial association patterns across socio-economic indicators: an application to the Greek regions. Empirical Economics, 37 (1). pp. 25-49. ISSN 0377-7332

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Abstract

This paper addresses an important empirical question for spatial economics that has so far attracted little attention in the literature, namely, how patterns of spatial association differ across socio-economic indicators. This issue is examined here with a large socio-economic dataset from the Greek prefectures. We start by identifying spatial patterns of association in the data through an exploratory spatial data analysis and then explore the persistence of spatial clustering across socio-economic indicators through the application of a number of simple statistical tests. Greece presents an interesting case for examination, given its complex nature of geographical disparities and spatial heterogeneity. The derived results are important for Greek regional policy, as they help highlight yet another dimension of the challenges it faces for regional development, but they are also of particular relevance for applied spatial analysis, as they offer new insights in the analysis of spatial processes.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.springer.com/economics/journal/181
Additional Information: © 2009 Springer
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Sets: Departments > European Institute
Collections > Economists Online
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2009 11:34
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/25322/

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