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A Note on the Need to Account for Spatial Dependence: A Case of Migratory Flows in Spain

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  • Maza, Adolfo

    (U Cantabria)

  • Villaverde, Jose

    (U Cantabria)

Abstract

The potential existence of spatial dependence in the relevant literature on migratory flows has not been dealt with sufficiently. This paper tries to fill this gap by applying spatial statistic techniques to the Spanish case. First, the paper shows that there is indeed spatial dependence in some of the variables conventionally included in migration equations. Second, these variables are filtered to remove spatial dependence. Third, in order to evaluate the influence of spatial dependence on migration, a conventional migration equation is estimated with both actual and filtered data, revealing key differences. Spatial dependence clearly matters in migration analysis.

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  • Maza, Adolfo & Villaverde, Jose, 2008. "A Note on the Need to Account for Spatial Dependence: A Case of Migratory Flows in Spain," The Review of Regional Studies, Southern Regional Science Association, vol. 38(1), pages 105-111.
  • Handle: RePEc:rre:publsh:v:38:y:2008:i:1:p:105-11
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    1. Brian Cushing & Jacques Poot, 2003. "Crossing boundaries and borders: Regional science advances in migration modelling," Papers in Regional Science, Springer;Regional Science Association International, vol. 83(1), pages 317-338, October.
    2. James P. LeSage & R. Kelley Pace, 2008. "Spatial Econometric Modeling Of Origin-Destination Flows," Journal of Regional Science, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 48(5), pages 941-967.
    3. Maza, Adolfo & Villaverde, Jose, 2004. "Interregional Migration in Spain: A Semiparametric Analysis," The Review of Regional Studies, Southern Regional Science Association, vol. 34(2), pages 156-171.
    4. Lundberg, Johan, 2003. "On the Determinants of Average Income Growth and Net Migration at the Municipal Level in Sweden," The Review of Regional Studies, Southern Regional Science Association, vol. 33(2), pages 229-253.
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    Cited by:

    1. Fernandez-Leiceaga, Xoaquin & Lago-Peñas, Santiago & Sánchez, Patricio, 2013. "¿Ha contribuido la población inmigrante a la convergencia interregional en España?
      [On the contribution of immigrants to interregional convergence in Spain]
      ," MPRA Paper 52381, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Jose Villaverde & Adolfo Maza & María Hierro, 2011. "Regional international migration distribution in Spain: which factors are behind?," ERSA conference papers ersa11p530, European Regional Science Association.

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    Keywords

    Migration; Spatial;

    JEL classification:

    • C21 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models
    • J61 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers
    • R23 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population

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