Regional Data

12 Pages Posted: 17 Aug 2009

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Gerd Groezinger

University of the German Federal Armed Forces - Helmut Schmidt Universität

Wenzel Matiaske

Helmut-Schmidt-University / University of the Armed Forces; German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)

Date Written: July 2009

Abstract

Spatiality is an increasingly important dimension in the social sciences, as a new wave of recent publications shows. Intra-national comparisons have proved to be as fruitful as the better known inter-national analysis. Regional characteristics are found to have considerable influence on individual behaviour. This movement was fostered by methodological advances, e.g. in multi-level techniques. On the data side spatial analysis is supported by a good basic infrastructure in official and semi-official information, often provided in the way of easily usable DVDs. In addition, both scientific researchers and commercial marketing firms collect valuable information, partly on a very detailed local level of only a handful of households. However, there is ample room for improvement. Huge existing datasets (e.g. PISA E) are not open for spatial oriented scientific purposes; in many cases regional information is not sufficiently available (e.g. on criminal behaviour); systematic over-sampling in sparsely inhabited areas to allow additional regional analysis is not very common.

Suggested Citation

Groezinger, Gerd and Matiaske, Wenzel, Regional Data (July 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1452669 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1452669

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