EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

Estimation of the spatial weights matrix under structural constraints

Arnab Bhattacharjee () and Chris Jensen-Butler

Regional Science and Urban Economics, 2013, vol. 43, issue 4, 617-634

Abstract: While estimates of models with spatial interaction are very sensitive to the choice of spatial weights, considerable uncertainty surrounds the definition of spatial weights in most studies with cross-section dependence. We show that, in the spatial error model, the spatial weights matrix is only partially identified, and is fully identified under the structural constraint of symmetry. For the spatial error model, we propose a new methodology for estimation of spatial weights under the assumption of symmetric spatial weights, with extensions to other important spatial models. The methodology is applied to regional housing markets in the UK, providing an estimated spatial weights matrix that generates several new hypotheses about the economic and socio-cultural drivers of spatial diffusion in housing demand.

Keywords: Spatial econometrics; Spatial autocorrelation; Spatial weights matrix; Spatial error model; Partial identification; Housing demand; Gradient projection (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C14 C15 C30 C31 R21 R31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (29) Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0166046213000288
Full text for ScienceDirect subscribers only

Related works:
Working Paper: Estimation of the Spatial Weights Matrix under Structural Constraints (2011) Downloads
Working Paper: Estimation of the Spatial Weights Matrix under Structural Constraints (2011) Downloads
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:eee:regeco:v:43:y:2013:i:4:p:617-634

DOI: 10.1016/j.regsciurbeco.2013.03.005

Access Statistics for this article

Regional Science and Urban Economics is currently edited by D.P McMillen and Y. Zenou

More articles in Regional Science and Urban Economics from Elsevier
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Catherine Liu ().

 
Page updated 2021-10-31
Handle: RePEc:eee:regeco:v:43:y:2013:i:4:p:617-634