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Distribución Espacial De La Actividad Económica En La Union Europea


  • José Miguel Albert

    () (Universitat Jaume I)

  • Jorge Mateu

    () (Universitat Jaume I)

  • Vicente Orts

    (Universitat Jaume I)


The focus of this paper is to analyze the evolution of spatial distribution of aggregate economic activity in the European Union during the period 1980-2002. The proposed methodology has as basis to incorporate, systematically, both the distance and the spatial interdependence among the analyzed events. To do this, we use two different distance-based approaches. The first approach is just a planar index, the Index of Cluster Size, but the second seeks to fit an auto-Poisson spatial distribution function that allows us to obtain a probability model and to characterize the underlying structure of the spatial distribution of the economic activity in Europe. We use data of GDP for EU regions, at the NUTS2 and NUTS3 level, for the period 1980-2002. The results obtained in both work lines are basically the same ones, indicating that during the analyzed period, the concentration of the economic activity has been increased for the group of European considered regions, but with noticeable differences among the different countries. El objetivo de este trabajo es analizar la distribución espacial de la actividad económica en Europa y su evolución temporal entre los años 1980 y 2002. La metodología propuesta tiene como fundamento incorporar de forma sistemática la distancia y la interdependencia espacial entre los sucesos objeto de análisis. En concreto se han utilizado dos procedimientos, el primero consiste en un índice plano de concentración espacial muy simple, el ICS (Index of Cluster Size), el segundo se obtiene como resultado de la parametrización y estimación de una función de distribución espacial auto-Poisson, que nos permite obtener un modelo de probabilidad, y caracterizar la estructura latente de la distribución espacial de la actividad económica en Europa. Los resultados obtenidos en ambas líneas de trabajo son básicamente los mismos, indicando que durante el periodo considerado se ha incrementado la concentración de la actividad económica para el conjunto de regiones europeas consideradas, pero con diferencias notables entre los distintos países.

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  • José Miguel Albert & Jorge Mateu & Vicente Orts, 2007. "Distribución Espacial De La Actividad Económica En La Union Europea," Working Papers. Serie EC 2007-02, Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Económicas, S.A. (Ivie).
  • Handle: RePEc:ivi:wpasec:2007-02

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    Distribución espacial del PIB; economía espacial; estadística espacial; localización actividad económica; auto-Poisson. Auto-Poisson; economic activity localization; EU; GDP spatial distribution; spatial economics; spatial statistics.;

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    • C15 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Statistical Simulation Methods: General
    • C16 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Econometric and Statistical Methods; Specific Distributions
    • C21 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models
    • D33 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Factor Income Distribution

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