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The Spatial Distribution of Economic Activities in Italy

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  • Laura de Dominicis

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    (VU University Amsterdam)

  • Giuseppe Arbia

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    ('G. d'Annunzio' University, Pescara, Italy)

  • Henri L.F. de Groot

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    (VU University Amsterdam)

Abstract

Existing indices measuring the spatial distribution of economic activity such as the Krugman Specialisation Index, the Hirschmann-Herfindahl index and the Ellison-Glaeser index typically do not take into account the spatial structure of the data. In this paper, we first consider traditional measures of geographical concentration, and subsequently extend the analysis to take spatial dependence into account. Using data for Italy for the years 1991 and 2001, we apply exploratory spatial data analysis to identify sectoral location patterns in both the manufacturing industry as well as in services. We find that large differences prevail in the geographical concentration of production across sectors. The results of the exploratory spatial data analysis reveal the existence of well- defined clusters of economic activities.

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Paper provided by Tinbergen Institute in its series Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers with number 07-094/3.

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Keywords: Exploratory Spatial Data Analysis; Geographic Concentration; Italy; Spatial Autocorrelation;

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