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Dartboard tests for the location quotient

  • Guimarães, Paulo
  • Figueiredo, Octávio
  • Woodward, Douglas

In this paper we reinterpret the location quotient, the commonly employed measure of regional industrial agglomeration, as an estimator derived from Ellison and Glaeser [Ellison, G., and Glaeser, E., 1997. Geographic concentration in U.S. manufacturing industries: a dartboard approach. Journal of Political Economy 105 (5), 889-927.] dartboard framework. This approach provides a theoretical foundation on which to build statistical tests for the measure. With a simple application, we show that these tests provide valuable information about the accuracy of the location quotient. The tests are relatively easy to implement using regional employment and establishment data.

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Volume (Year): 39 (2009)
Issue (Month): 3 (May)
Pages: 360-364

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