Detection of Local Interactions from the Spatial Pattern of Names in France

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Keith Head

University of British Columbia (UBC) - Sauder School of Business

Thierry Mayer

Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne - TEAM; Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (ENPC) - Centre d'Enseignement et de Recherche en Analyse Socio-Economique (CERAS); CEPII, Centre d'Etudes Prospectives et d'Info. Internationales, Paris; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Date Written: 2007-06

Abstract

Using data on the geographic distribution of names in France, we investigate the social transmission of parental preferences. Drawing on recent work on non-market interactions, we develop a linear discrete choice model that relates choices made in one location to those made in nearby areas. We explain the shares of parents that give their children Saint, Arabic, and American-type names. We also examine the effect of distance between locations on differences in naming patterns. We find that the importance of geographic distance is declining over time while differences in class and national origins have increasing explanatory power.

Suggested Citation

Head, Keith Charles and Mayer, Thierry, Detection of Local Interactions from the Spatial Pattern of Names in France (2007-06). Journal of Regional Science, Vol. 48, Issue 1, pp. 67-95, February 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1082108 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2966.2007.00548.x

Keith Charles Head

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