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Commuting Zones in Japan

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  • ADACHI Daisuke
  • FUKAI Taiyo
  • KAWAGUCHI Daiji
  • SAITO Yukiko

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We construct Commuting Zones (CZs) in Japan using the commuting patterns observed in the quinquennial Population Census between 1980 and 2015. CZs are geographical units which are created by integration of municipalities. Municipalities are not good geographical units to capture labor market because many workers commute to different municipalities, while prefectures include more than one labor market. CZs are created so that they are not over-integrated and the ratio of commuting within the same unit is high. In particular, we employ a hierarchical agglomerative clustering method popularized by Tolbert and Sizer (1996), which is used for delineating the standard CZs in the US. For example, from 2366 municipalities in the year 2005, we delineate 331 CZs that are mutually exclusive and completely exhaustive. We show the effectiveness of CZs in extracting heterogeneities of economic variables in analyzing labor markets. CZs functions well for implementing a large variety of geographical analysis.

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  • ADACHI Daisuke & FUKAI Taiyo & KAWAGUCHI Daiji & SAITO Yukiko, 2020. "Commuting Zones in Japan," Discussion papers 20021, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI).
  • Handle: RePEc:eti:dpaper:20021
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    1. Frank Corvers & Maud Hensen & Dion Bongaerts, 2009. "Delimitation and Coherence of Functional and Administrative Regions," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 43(1), pages 19-31.
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