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Spanish exports and logistics needs. A spatial marked point pattern approach


  • Laura Márquez-Ramos
  • Luisa Alamá-Sabater


This paper aims to analyse whether the existing logistic platforms network in Spain is covering the Spanish transport demand by using a spatial marked point pattern analysis (Baddeley, 2008). In particular, we use the demand of transport to export goods as a proxy of the demand of logistics infrastructure in Spain. Then, we obtain data of trade flows between Spanish regions (NUTS level 2), as well as data of exports from every Spanish region to European Union members in the year 2000 and 2007. We also obtain data about the different logistics platforms existing in Spain. We incorporate transportation network structure in spatial econometric models of commodity flows (LeSage and Polasek, 2008) and we also consider those variables traditionally included in gravity models (Deardorff, 1995), such as income and population, as extra information that the points have (marks) and which represents an "attribute" of the point. Obtained results should provide evidence about the location of the logistics platforms (land, maritime and intermodal) required in order to satisfy optimally the existing demand of transport infrastructure. References * Alamá-Sabater, L., Artal-Tur, A. and Navarro-Azorin, J.M. (forthcoming), "Industrial location, spatial discrete choice models and the need to account for neighborhood effects," The Annals of Regional Research. * Baddeley, A. (2008), "Analysing spatial point patterns in R", CSIRO and University of Western Australia. * Deardorff, A. V. (1995), "Determinants of bilateral trade: Does gravity work in a Neo-classical word?", NBER Working Paper 5377. * LeSage, J.P., and Polasek, W. (2008) 'Incorporating Transportation Network Structure in Spatial Econometric Models of Commodity Flows,' Spatial Economic Analysis, Taylor and Francis Journals, vol. 3(2), pages 225-245. * James P. LeSage and R. Kelley Pace, 2008. 'Spatial Econometric Modeling Of Origin-Destination Flows,' Journal of Regional Science, Blackwell Publishing, vol. 48(5), pages 941-967.

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  • Laura Márquez-Ramos & Luisa Alamá-Sabater, 2011. "Spanish exports and logistics needs. A spatial marked point pattern approach," ERSA conference papers ersa10p1475, European Regional Science Association.
  • Handle: RePEc:wiw:wiwrsa:ersa10p1475

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