Testing the spatial scale and the dynamic structure in regional models (a contribution to spatial econometric specification analysis)

Hans Blommestein, Peter Nijkamp

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This article addresses the problem of specification uncertainty in modeling spatial economic theories in stochastic form. It is ascertained that the traditional approach to spatial econometric modeling does not adequately deal with the type and extent of specification uncertainty commonly encountered in spatial economic analyses. Two alternative spatial econometric modeling procedures proposed in the literature are reviewed and shown to be suitable for analyzing systematically two sources of specification uncertainty, viz., the level of aggregation and the spatio-temporal dynamic structure in multiregional econometric models. The usefulness of one of these specification procedures is illustrated by the construction of a simple multiregional model for The Netherlands.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-17
JournalJournal of Regional Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1986

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