Introduction: Whither Spatial Econometrics?

5 Pages Posted: 21 Apr 2012

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Mark Partridge

Ohio State University (OSU) - Department of Agricultural, Environmental & Development Economics

Marlon Boarnet

University of Southern California - Sol Price School of Public Policy

Steven Brakman

University of Groningen - Department of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Gianmarco I.P. Ottaviano

Bocconi University - Department of Economics and Paolo Baffi Centre on Central Banking and Financial Regulation

Date Written: May 2012

Abstract

Spatial econometrics has become a mainstay for regional scientists aiming to estimate geographic spillovers in regional outcomes. Yet, many remain skeptical, especially urban economists who prefer natural experimental approaches. Their concerns revolve around identification and a general lack of a theoretical foundation in the estimation of spatial econometric models. This theme issue includes three papers from leading regional scientists to appraise the status of spatial econometrics. The outcome is sweeping proposals from (1) abandoning standard spatial econometrics because it cannot identify causality, (2) using nonparametric approaches, and (3) implementing more nuanced changes revolving around better theoretical and empirical modeling.

Suggested Citation

Partridge, Mark D. and Boarnet, Marlon and Brakman, Steven and Ottaviano, Gianmarco I.P., Introduction: Whither Spatial Econometrics? (May 2012). Journal of Regional Science, Vol. 52, Issue 2, pp. 167-171, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2043395 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9787.2012.00767.x

Mark D. Partridge (Contact Author)

Ohio State University (OSU) - Department of Agricultural, Environmental & Development Economics ( email )

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Marlon Boarnet

University of Southern California - Sol Price School of Public Policy ( email )

Steven Brakman

University of Groningen - Department of Economics ( email )

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Netherlands
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CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

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Gianmarco I.P. Ottaviano

Bocconi University - Department of Economics and Paolo Baffi Centre on Central Banking and Financial Regulation ( email )

Via Gobbi 5
Milan, 20136
Italy

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