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Network Analysis of Commuting Flows: A Comparative Static Approach to German Data

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  • Roberto Patuelli

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  • Aura Reggiani

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  • Sean Gorman

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  • Peter Nijkamp

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  • Franz-Josef Bade

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Abstract

The analysis of complex networks has recently received considerable attention. The work by Albert and Barabási presented a research challenge to network analysis, that is, growth of the network. The present paper offers a network analysis of the spatial commuting network in Germany. First, we study the spatial evolution of the commuting network over time. Secondly, we compare two spatial interaction model (SIM) specifications, in order to replicate the actual network structure. Our findings suggest that the commuting network appeared to become more dense and clustered, while the SIMs seem to require more sophisticated specifications, in order to replicate such a connectivity structure. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007

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  • Roberto Patuelli & Aura Reggiani & Sean Gorman & Peter Nijkamp & Franz-Josef Bade, 2007. "Network Analysis of Commuting Flows: A Comparative Static Approach to German Data," Networks and Spatial Economics, Springer, vol. 7(4), pages 315-331, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:netspa:v:7:y:2007:i:4:p:315-331
    DOI: 10.1007/s11067-007-9027-6
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