The Biggest Myth in Spatial Econometrics
James LeSage () and
R. Kelley Pace ()
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R. Kelley Pace: Department of Finance, E.J. Ourso College of Business Administration, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803, USA
Econometrics, 2014, vol. 2, issue 4, 1-33
There is near universal agreement that estimates and inferences from spatial regression models are sensitive to particular specifications used for the spatial weight structure in these models. We find little theoretical basis for this commonly held belief, if estimates and inferences are based on the true partial derivatives for a well-specified spatial regression model. We conclude that this myth may have arisen from past applied work that incorrectly interpreted the model coefficients as if they were partial derivatives, or from use of misspecified models.
Keywords: indirect effects; spatial regression estimates; sensitivity to spatial weights (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: B23 C C00 C01 C1 C2 C3 C4 C5 C8 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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