Spatial econometric methods for modeling origin destination flows

James P. LeSage, Manfred M. Fischer

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    Spatial interaction models of the gravity type are used in conjunction with sample
    data on flows between origin and destination locations to analyse international and
    interregional trade, commodity, migration and commuting patterns. The focus is
    on the classical log-normal model version and spatial econometric extensions that
    have recently appeared in the literature. These new models replace the conventional
    assumption of independence between origin-destination flows with formal
    approaches that allow for spatial dependence in flow magnitudes. The paper also
    discusses problems that arise in applied practice when estimating (log-normal)
    spatial interaction models. (authors' abstract)
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationVienna
    PublisherWU Vienna University of Economics and Business
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2008

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