How to Draw the Line: A Note on Local Market Definition

Dieter Pennerstorfer, Biliana Yontcheva

Publication: Working/Discussion Paper


This article presents a novel method of market delineation, which generates virtually isolated residential clusters using data on the spatial distribution of population. The performance of this approach is evaluated by contrasting it with traditional delineation techniques based on municipal boundaries. The estimation of simple entry models for five industries shows that markets defined using micro-level residence information perform better in terms of reducing cross-border spatial spillovers and predicting the equilibrium number of firms on the market more accurately. Additionally, the estimated entry threshold ratios using this method successfully reflect our expectations based on ex-ante knowledge about the investigated industries.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameJKU Linz Working Papers

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (ÖFOS)

  • 502025 Econometrics
  • 507023 Location development
  • 502013 Industrial economics

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