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Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Economic Geography

Edited by Charlie Karlsson, Professor Emeritus of the Economics of Technological Change, Jönköping International Business School, Jönköping University and Professor Emeritus, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Martin Andersson, Professor of Innovation Studies, CIRCLE, Lund University, Professor of Industrial Economics, Blekinge Institute of Technology and affiliated researcher, Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN) and Therese Norman, Centre for Entrepreneurship and Spatial Economics, Jönköping International Business School, Sweden
This Handbook provides an overview and assessment of the state-of-the-art regarding research methods, approaches and applications central to economic geography. The chapters are written by distinguished researchers from a variety of scholarly traditions and with a background in different academic disciplines including economics, economic, human and cultural geography, and economic history. The resulting Handbook covers a broad spectrum of methodologies and approaches applicable in analyses pertaining to the geography of economic activities and economic outcomes.
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Publication Date: 2015
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Economic Geography
  • Regional Economics
  • Research Methods in Economics
  • Geography
  • Economic Geography
  • Human Geography
  • Research Methods in Geography
  • Research Methods
  • Research Methods in Economics
  • Research Methods in Geography
  • Urban and Regional Studies
  • Regional Economics
  • Research Methods in Urban and Regional Studies
  • Research Methods
This Handbook provides an overview and assessment of the state-of-the-art research methods, approaches and applications central to economic geography.

Understanding spatial economic outcomes and the forces and mechanisms that influence the geography of economic growth is of utmost importance and demands substantial theoretical and empirical research in economic geography, spatial economics and regional science. Such research is critically dependent upon good and reliable empirical data, and it is here that this Handbook contributes, providing a broad overview of up-to-date research methods and approaches. The chapters are written by distinguished researchers from a variety of scholarly traditions and with a background in different academic disciplines including economics, economic human and cultural geography, and economic history.

Researchers and academics in economics and economic geography will find this a fundamental reference point and will benefit from the comprehensive assessment of research methods and approaches in the field. Practitioners and policy–makers will also find the practical applications to be of utmost value.
Contributors: M. Andersson, G. Arbia, B. Asheim, R. Basile, M. Birkin, R. Boschma, S. Brakman, J. Bröcker, L. Broersma, H-H. Chang, G. Clarke, M. Clarke, L. Coenen, J. Corcoran, S. Dall'erba, G. Espa, A.M. Esteves, A. Faggian, M.M. Fischer, K. Frenken, M. Fritsch, D. Giuliani, K.E. Haynes, G.J.D. Hewings, M. Horváth, G. Ivanova, N. Kapitsinis, C. Karlsson, H. Khawaldah, M. Kilkenny, J. Klaesson, S. Koster, J.P. Larsson, J. Lesage, Y. Li, I. Llamosas-Rosas, P.A. Longley, T. Mitze, J. Moodysson, I. Noback, T. Norman, J. Oosterhaven, J. Parajuli, M. Partridge, D. Psaltopoulos, M. Schramm, D. Skuras, A. Stephan, P. Thulin, S. Usai, J. van Dijk, C. van Marrewijk, F. van Oort, F. Vanclay, A. Varga, H. Westlund


1. Spatial Econometrics
James Lesage

2. Spatial Computable General Equilibrium Analysis
Johannes Bröcker

3. Factor Prices and Geographical Economics
Steven Brakman and Charles van Marrewijk

4. Shift-Share and Its New Extension
Kingsley E. Haynes and Jitendra Parajuli

5. Analysis Using Geographic Information Systems
Paul A. Longley

6. Analysis of Spatial Concentration and Dispersion
Giuseppe Arbia, Giuseppe Espa and Diego Giuliani

7. Simultaneous-equations Analysis in Regional Science and Economic Geography
Timo Mitze and Andreas Stephan

8. Neural Networks: A Class of Flexible Non-linear Models for Regression and Classification
Manfred M. Fischer

9. Social Accounting Analysis
Demetrios Psaltopoulos and Dimitris Skuras

10. Local Multiplier and Economic Base Analysis
Per Thulin

11. Analysis of Regional Endogenous Growth
Roberto Basile and Stefano Usai

12. Unity in Variety? Agglomeration Economics Beyond the Specialisation-Diversity Controversy
Frank van Oort

13. Methods and Applications of Regional Innovation Systems Analysis
Bjørn Asheim, Lars Coenen and Jerker Moodysson

14. Geographic Clustering in Evolutionary Economic Geography
Koen Frenken and Ron Boschma

15. Methods of Analyzing the Relationship Between New Business Formation and Regional Development
Michael Fritsch

16. Analysis of Local Social Capital
Hans Westlund and Yuheng Li

17. Regional Social Network Analysis
Maureen Kilkenny

18. Interregional Input-output Modeling: Spillover Effects, Feedback Loops and Intra-industry Trade
Geoffrey J.D. Hewings and Jan Oosterhaven

19. Empirical Studies in Geographical Economics
Han-Hsin Chang, Charles Van Marrewijk and Marc Schramm

20. Accessibility and Market Potential Analysis
Johan Klaesson, Johan P. Larsson and Therese Norman

21. The Impact of Private, Public and Human Capital on the US States Economies: Theory, Extensions and Evidence
Sandy Dall'erba and Irving Llamosas-Rosas

22. Interregional Migration Analysis
Alessandra Faggian, Jonathan Corcoran and Mark Partridge

23. Applied Spatial Interaction Modelling in Economic Geography: An Example of the Use of Models for Public Sector Planning
Mark Birkin, Hamzah Khawaldah, Martin Clarke and Graham Clarke

24. Regional Knowledge Production Function Analysis
Attila Varga and Márton Horváth

25. Qualitative Methods in Regional Program Evaluation – an examination of the story-based approach
Frank Vanclay

26. Using Social and Economic Impact Assessment to Guide Local Supplier Development Initiatives
Ana Maria Esteves and Galina Ivanova

27. Analysing the Geography of High-impact Entrepreneurship
Sierdjan Koster and Nikos Kapitsinis

28. Gender-specific Dynamics in Hours Worked: Exploring the Potential for Increasing Hours Worked in an Ageing Society
Inge Noback, Lourens Broersma and Jouke van Dijk