Network Analysis of Commuting Flows: A Comparative Static Approach to German Data

Networks and Spatial Economics, Vol. 7, No. 4, 2007

29 Pages Posted: 19 Sep 2010 Last revised: 22 Sep 2010

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Roberto Patuelli

University of Bologna - Department of Economics

Aura Reggiani

University of Bologna - Department of Economics

Sean P. Gorman

George Mason University - School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs

Peter Nijkamp

VU University of Amsterdam - Department of Spatial Economics; Tinbergen Institute

Franz-Josef Bade

University of Dortmund

Date Written: August 13, 2007

Abstract

The analysis of complex networks has recently received considerable attention. The work by Albert and Barabási presented a research challenge to network analysis, that is, growth of the network. The present paper offers a network analysis of the spatial commuting network in Germany. First, we study the spatial evolution of the commuting network over time. Secondly, we compare two spatial interaction model (SIM) specifications, in order to replicate the actual network structure. Our findings suggest that the commuting network appeared to become more dense and clustered, while the SIMs seem to require more sophisticated specifications, in order to replicate such a connectivity structure.

Keywords: complex networks, commuting, infrastructure, dynamics, German districts

Suggested Citation

Patuelli, Roberto and Reggiani, Aura and Gorman, Sean P. and Nijkamp, Peter and Bade, Franz-Josef, Network Analysis of Commuting Flows: A Comparative Static Approach to German Data (August 13, 2007). Networks and Spatial Economics, Vol. 7, No. 4, 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1679143

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