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Spatial analysis of urban growth in Spain, 1900–2001

Julie Le Gallo () and Coro Chasco Yrigoyen ()

A chapter in Spatial Econometrics, 2009, pp 59-80 from Springer

Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to improve the knowledge of the Spanish urban system. We study the evolution of population growth among the group of 722 municipalities included in the Spanish urban areas over the period 1900–2001. A spatial SUR model is estimated for Zipf's law and shows the existence of two main phases: divergence (1900–1980) and convergence (1980–2001). Then, the cross-sectional distribution of urban population is characterized by means of nonparametric estimations of density functions and the growth process is modeled as a first-order stationary Markov chain. Spatial effects are finally introduced within the Markov chain framework using regional conditioning. This analysis shows a low interclass mobility, i.e., a high-persistence of urban municipalities to stay in their own class from one decade to another over the whole period, and the influence of the geographical environment on urban population dynamism.

Keywords: Convergence; Urban growth; Spatial autocorrelation; Spatial SUR models; Markov chains (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009
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DOI: 10.1007/978-3-7908-2070-6_4

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