Defining the Spatial Scale in Modern Regional Analysis

New Challenges from Data at Local Level

  • Esteban Fernández Vázquez
  • Fernando Rubiera Morollón

Part of the Advances in Spatial Science book series (ADVSPATIAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Building Economic Areas from Local Data

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Fernando Rubiera-Morollón, Ana Viñuela
      Pages 23-44
    3. Rafael Boix, Paolo Veneri, Vicent Almenar
      Pages 45-70
    4. Monica Brezzi, Mario Piacentini, Daniel Sanchez-Serra
      Pages 71-89
  3. Estimation of Spatial Disagregated Data

  4. Applications of Spatial Analysis with Small Area Observations

About this book


This book explores different approaches to defining the concept of region depending on the specific question that needs to be answered. While the typical administrative spatial data division fits certain research questions well, in many cases, defining regions in a different way is fundamental in order to obtain significant empirical evidence. The book is divided into three parts: The first part is dedicated to a methodological discussion of the concept of region and the different potential approaches from different perspectives. The problem of having sufficient information to define different regional units is always present. This justifies the second part of the book, which focuses on the techniques of ecological inference applied to estimating disaggregated data from observable aggregates. Finally, the book closes by presenting several applications that are in line with the functional areas definition in regional analysis.


Data at Small Scale Ecological Inference Functional and Analytical Regions Regional and Urban Economics Spatial Analysis

Editors and affiliations

  • Esteban Fernández Vázquez
    • 1
  • Fernando Rubiera Morollón
    • 2
  1. 1., Applied Economics (RegioLab)University of OviedoOviedoSpain
  2. 2., Applied Economics (RegioLab)University of OviedoOviedoSpain

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-31993-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-31994-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1430-9602
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