Defining Geographic Communities

Motu Working Paper No. 05-09

31 Pages Posted: 26 Jun 2006

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Michelle Poland

University of Otago

David C. Maré

Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust; University of Waikato - Economics

Date Written: June 2005


The purpose of this paper is to provide a guide to concepts, ideas, and measurements of geographic communities. The paper investigates the various concepts of geographic communities found in the literature and reviews existing studies to determine how researchers measure geographic communities in practice.

Keywords: Geographic communities, Local labour markets

JEL Classification: R11

Suggested Citation

Poland, Michelle and Maré, David C., Defining Geographic Communities (June 2005). Motu Working Paper No. 05-09, Available at SSRN: or

Michelle Poland (Contact Author)

University of Otago ( email )

David C. Maré

Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust ( email )

PO Box 24390
Wellington, 6021
New Zealand
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University of Waikato - Economics

New Zealand

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