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Defining the Spatial Scale in Modern Regional Analysis

New Challenges from Data at Local Level

  • Esteban Fernández Vázquez
  • Fernando Rubiera Morollón


  • Complete review of literature on the ideal level of spatial empirical analysis

  • Discusses both theoretical, methodological and empirical approaches

  • Various ways of delimitating functional and analytical regions are examined in detail

  • Presents a comprehensive review of the estimation techniques to obtain data at a local level, with illustrative applications


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

About the editors

Esteban Fernández-Vázquez is associate professor in the Department of  Applied Economics of the University of Oviedo (Spain) and is a member of REGIOlab. He received his PhD in 2004 and was appointed associate professor in 2011. He is also Affiliate Research Professors at the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory (REAL) of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  His research focus on regional modelling in general, particularly on input-output models and the use of entropy econometrics estimators.

Fernando Rubiera is associate professor in the Department of Applied Economics of the University of Oviedo (Spain). He is also the coordinator of the Laboratory of Regional Economics – REGIOlab. He received his PhD in 2003 and was appointed associate professor in 2008. His research lines are focused on the contribution of cities to regional growth and economic specialization.  

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“The content of this collection of papers deals with defining the appropriate spatial scale in a regional analysis, as the title of this work suggests. … This book nicely provides an overview of the current state of affairs in regards to regional analysis. It showcases a good number of examples and data analyses. The infrastructure of the book makes it useful as a research resource.” (Technometrics, Vol. 56 (3), August, 2014)