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Distance temps, discontinuité des interactions spatiales et concentration globale de l'espace européen


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  • Stéphane VIROL


The spatial interactions between the areas express the existence of a spatial dependence also called autocorrelation. The modelization of these interactions requires the use of spatial weights matrix. In the literature, the matrix of adjacency and k-nearest neighbors are most usually used. We seek to improve this modelization by building up gravitational spatial weights matrix which integrate relevant elements put forward by spatial theory : the time distance, population and infrastructures. The analysis shows that these matrix seem ready to collect the European space concentration phenomenon and that they modify the extent of the spatial interactions, putting forward the discontinuity of those in space.

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Article provided by Armand Colin in its journal Revue d’Économie Régionale & Urbaine.

Volume (Year): juin (2006)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 7-26

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Handle: RePEc:cai:rerarc:reru_061_0007

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Keywords: spatial interactions; discontinuity; spatial econometrics; concentration; spatial weights matrix;


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  1. Stéphane VIROL (IERSO-IFReDE-GRES), 2006. "Three dimensions of regional integration process in Europe: an approach by spatial econometrics (In French)," Cahiers du GRES 2006-16, Groupement de Recherches Economiques et Sociales.
  2. Craigwell, Roland & Maurin, Alain, 2011. "Are Caribbean countries diverging or converging? evidence from spatial econometrics," MPRA Paper 33433, University Library of Munich, Germany.


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