Spatial Activity and Labour Market Patterns: A Connectivity Analysis of Commuting Flows in Germany

G. Russo, A. Reggiani, P. Nijkamp

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Abstract

The spatial activity patterns of firms in a multi-regional system are closely connected with the structure and evolution of regional labour markets. Based on an extensive data set (cross-section) on commuting flows in Germany, this paper aims to identify the relationship between entrepreneurial activity and spatial labour markets, by employing in particular the concept of 'entrepreneurial city'. A network connectivity model is adopted to assess connectivity patterns, using the power-law and exponential law as a statistical test framework, in order to detect the presence of economic activity hubs that may resemble the concept of entrepreneurial cities. Various results are presented and interpreted in the final part of the paper. © Springer-Verlag 2007.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)789-811
Number of pages22
JournalThe Annals of Regional Science
Volume41
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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