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The regional distribution of Spanish unemployment: A spatial analysis

  • Enrique López-Bazo

    (Department of Econometrics, Statistics and Spanish Economy, University of Barcelona, Avda. Diagonal 690, 08034 Barcelona, Spain)

  • Tomás del Barrio

    (Department of Econometrics, Statistics and Spanish Economy, University of Barcelona, Avda. Diagonal 690, 08034 Barcelona, Spain)

  • Manuel Artis

    (Department of Econometrics, Statistics and Spanish Economy, University of Barcelona, Avda. Diagonal 690, 08034 Barcelona, Spain)

In this article we propose a set of tools for analysing the regional distribution of unemployment. As we are interested in the characteristics of the distribution as a whole, results from a traditional regression analysis are complemented with those obtained by estimating its external shape before and after being conditioned to factors underlying regional unemployment. In addition, we specifically consider the spatial characteristics of the distribution, and the empirical model we develop to determine explanatory factors includes spatial effects. This framework is applied to the study of the provincial distribution of unemployment rates in Spain. Results point to increasing spatial dependence in the distribution of regional unemployment rates, and a change in the factors causing regional differentials over the last decade.

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Volume (Year): 81 (2002)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 365-389

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