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Spatial point pattern analysis and industry concentration

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  • Reinhold Kosfeld

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  • Hans-Friedrich Eckey
  • Jørgen Lauridsen

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Traditional measures of spatial industry concentration are restricted to given areal units. They do not make allowance for the fact that concentration may be differently pronounced at various geographical levels. Methods of spatial point pattern analysis allow to measure industry concentration at a continuum of spatial scales. While common distancebased methods are well applicable for sub-national study areas, they become inefficient in measuring concentration at various levels within industrial countries. This particularly applies in testing for conditional concentration where overall manufacturing is used as a reference population. Using Ripley’s K function approach to second-order analysis, we propose a subsample similarity test as a feasible testing approach for establishing conditional clustering or dispersion at different spatial scales. For measuring the extent of clustering and dispersion, we introduce a concentration index of the style of Besag’s (1977) L function. By contrast to Besag’s L function, the new index can be employed to measure deviations of observed from general spatial point patterns. The K function approach is illustratively applied to measuring and testing industry concentration in Germany.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal The Annals of Regional Science.

Volume (Year): 47 (2011)
Issue (Month): 2 (October)
Pages: 311-328

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  1. Tobias Scholl & Thomas Brenner, 2013. "Detecting Spatial Clustering Using a Firm-Level Index," Working Papers on Innovation and Space 2012-02, Philipps University Marburg, Department of Geography.
  2. Tobias Scholl & Thomas Brenner & Martin Wendel, 2012. "Evolving localization patterns of company foundations - Evidence from the German MST-industry," Working Papers on Innovation and Space 2012-05, Philipps University Marburg, Department of Geography.
  3. HAEDO, Christian & MOUCHART, Michel, 2012. "A stochastic independence approach for different measures of concentration and specialization," CORE Discussion Papers 2012025, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
  4. Eric Marcon & Florence Puech, 2012. "A typology of distance-based measures of spatial concentration," Working Papers halshs-00679993, HAL.
  5. Tobias Scholl & Thomas Brenner, 2013. "Optimizing Distance-Based Methods for Big Data Analysis," Working Papers on Innovation and Space 2013-09, Philipps University Marburg, Department of Geography.
  6. Udo Broll & Antonio Roldán-Ponce & Jack Wahl, 2013. "Regional investment under uncertain costs of location," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer, vol. 51(3), pages 645-657, December.
  7. Hans-Friedrich Eckey & Reinhold Kosfeld & Alexander Werner, 2012. "Bivariate K functions as instruments to analyze inter-industrial concentration processes," Jahrbuch für Regionalwissenschaft, Springer, vol. 32(2), pages 133-157, September.

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