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Application Of Economic Distance For The Purposes Of A Spatial Analysis Of The Unemployment Rate For Poland

  • Michal Bernard Pietrzak

    (Nicolaus Copernicus University)

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    The article presents the problem of the application of the spatial weigh matrix based on economic distance in spatial analysis of the unemployment rate. The spatial weight matrix expresses potential spatial interactions between the re-searched areas and forms a basis for the instruments applied in spatial econome-trics. While identifying the neighbourhood, the following criteria are used: a com-mon border, distance, and the k number of the nearest neighbours. The potential force of impact is identified by means of the standardisation of the matrix by rows to unity, or by means of the distance based on the physical properties of the areas. The disadvantage of the matrix standardisation is the fact of accepting the same force of impact for all the areas. It seems natural is the differentiation of the force of the impact dependent on the selected areas which should result from the differ-ences and similarities of the areas in the scope of the researched phenomenon and its determinants. The use of the distance based on physical properties of the areas allows considering the diverse force of impact of neighbouring areas, which, in turn, allows to obtain a more precise outcome of analyses. Unfortunately, physical properties do not constitute the determinants of economic phenomena covered by a spatial analysis which means that they are not related directly to the scrutinised phenomenon. The application of economic distance for building spatial weight matrix shown in the present paper constitutes a way of determining of the force of impact for the economic spatial processes that is alternative to the distance based on physical properties of the researched areas and to the proposal of the standardisation by rows to unity.

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    Article provided by Polskie Towarzystwo Ekonomiczne Oddzial w Toruniu, Wydzial Nauk Ekonomicznych i Zarzadzania UMK in its journal Oeconomia Copernicana.

    Volume (Year): 1 (2010)
    Issue (Month): ()
    Pages: 79-98

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    Handle: RePEc:tru:umkoec:2010:v1:p:79-98
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