© 1995

Gravity Models of Spatial Interaction Behavior


Part of the Advances in Spatial and Network Economics book series (ADVS ECONOMICS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction

    1. Ashish Sen, Tony E. Smith
      Pages 1-12
  3. Theoretical Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Ashish Sen, Tony E. Smith
      Pages 15-48
    3. Ashish Sen, Tony E. Smith
      Pages 49-152
    4. Ashish Sen, Tony E. Smith
      Pages 153-220
    5. Ashish Sen, Tony E. Smith
      Pages 221-353
  4. Methods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 355-355
    2. Ashish Sen, Tony E. Smith
      Pages 357-472
    3. Ashish Sen, Tony E. Smith
      Pages 473-532
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 533-574

About this book


Gravity models describe, and hence help predict, spatial flows of commuters, air-travelers, migrants, commodities and even messages. They are one of the oldest and most widely used of all social science models. This book presents an up-to-date, consistent and unified approach to the theory, methods and application of the gravity model - which spans from the axiomatic foundations of such models all the way to practical hints for their use. "I have found no better general method for use in applied research dealing with spatial interaction... It is against this background that the present book by Sen and Smith is most welcomed." Walter Isard


Aggregate Demand Models Estimation Poisson Processes Probability Models Regionalwissenschaften Stochastic Models Stochastische Modelle Transportation Models Transportmodelle Travel Demand Models Urban Models transport transportation

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.College of Architecture, Art, and Urban PlanningThe University of Illinois at Chicago School of Urban Planning and Policy (M/C 348)ChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Department of Regional ScienceUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA

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"In summary, by anyones definition, this is a magnum opus and the authors are to be congratulated on their work. The book is extremely well-written and well-proofed; ... It provides a very strong theoretical framework in which to view the diverse family of spatial interaction models and it yields some interesting and useful insights into the calibration of such models." Journal of Regional Science