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Observing regularities in location patterns: An analysis of the spatial distribution of economic activity in Spain

Polèse, Mario; Rubiera-Morollón, Fernando; Shearmur, Richard (2007). Observing regularities in location patterns: An analysis of the spatial distribution of economic activity in Spain European Urban and Regional Studies , vol. 14 , nº 2. p. 157-180. DOI: 10.1177/0969776407077188.

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The location of economic activity in Spain is analysed, employing a methodology previously applied to Canada. We ask whether the regularities posited for Canada also hold for Spain, despite the differences in geography. Using census data for the years 1991 and 2001, Spain's 8,086 municipalities are classified according to population size and distance thresholds analogous to those applied to Canada.The location patterns of industries are plotted in relation to these classes. The results reveal, on the whole, spatial distributions consistent with posited regularities and previous findings. Location patterns are fairly stable over time, reconfirming the continued weight of distance and of agglomeration economies. The results also show a crowding-out process in Spain, similar to that observed for other nations, fuelling the growth of manufacturing activity in locations in close proximity to metropolitan areas.

Type de document: Article
Mots-clés libres: localisation; développement régional; Espagne; taille urbaine
Centre: Centre Urbanisation Culture Société
Date de dépôt: 17 nov. 2020 14:41
Dernière modification: 17 nov. 2020 14:41
URI: http://espace.inrs.ca/id/eprint/10230

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