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Spanish unemployment: Normative versus analytical regionalisation procedures

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  • Juan Carlos Duque
  • Raul Ramos Lobo
  • Manuel Artis Ortuno

    (Universitat de Barcelona)

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In applied regional analysis, statistical information is usually published at different territorial levels with the aim of providing information of interest for different potential users. When using this information, there are two different choices: first, to use normative regions (towns, provinces, etc.), or, second, to design analytical regions directly related with the analysed phenomena. In this paper, provincial time series of unemployment rates in Spain are used in order to compare the results obtained by applying two analytical regionalisation models (a two stages procedure based on cluster analysis and a procedure based on mathematical programming) with the normative regions available at two different scales: NUTS II and NUTS I. The results have shown that more homogeneous regions were designed when applying both analytical regionalisation tools. Two other obtained interesting results are related with the fact that analytical regions were also more stable along time and with the effects of scale in the regionalisation process.

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Paper provided by Universitat de Barcelona. Espai de Recerca en Economia in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 118.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: 2004
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Handle: RePEc:bar:bedcje:2004118

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  1. Enrique López-Bazo & Tomás del Barrio & Manuel Artis, 2002. "The regional distribution of Spanish unemployment: A spatial analysis," Papers in Regional Science, Springer, Springer, vol. 81(3), pages 365-389.
  2. Gordon, A. D., 1996. "A survey of constrained classification," Computational Statistics & Data Analysis, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 21(1), pages 17-29, January.
  3. Juan Carlos Duque & Raul Ramos Lobo & Jordi Surinach Caralt, 2004. "Design of Homogeneous Territorial Units: A Methodological Proposal," Working Papers in Economics, Universitat de Barcelona. Espai de Recerca en Economia 115, Universitat de Barcelona. Espai de Recerca en Economia.
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