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

Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper No. 05-107/3

26 Pages Posted: 15 Dec 2005

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Giovanni Russo

VU University Amsterdam; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Aura Reggiani

University of Bologna - Department of Economics

Peter Nijkamp

VU University of Amsterdam - Department of Spatial Economics; Tinbergen Institute

Date Written: December 2005

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.

Keywords: Network, Commuting, Entrepreneurship

JEL Classification: O 30

Suggested Citation

Russo, Giovanni and Reggiani, Aura and Nijkamp, Peter, Spatial Activity and Labour Market Patterns: A Connectivity Analysis of Commuting Flows in Germany (December 2005). Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper No. 05-107/3, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=869747 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.869747

Giovanni Russo (Contact Author)

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Aura Reggiani

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Peter Nijkamp

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