A Spatial Autoregressive Poisson Gravity Model

Sellner, Richard and Fischer, Manfred M. and Koch, Matthias (2013) A Spatial Autoregressive Poisson Gravity Model. Geographical Analysis, 45 (2). pp. 150-171. ISSN 1538-4632


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In this article, a Poisson gravity model is introduced that incorporates spatial dependence of the explained variable without relying on restrictive distributional assumptions of the underlying data-generating process. The model comprises a spatially filtered component including the origin-, destination-, and origin-destination-specific variables and a spatial residual variable that captures origin- and destination-based spatial autocorrelation. We derive a two-stage nonlinear least-squares (NLS) estimator (2NLS) that is heteroscedasticity- robust and, thus, controls for the problem of over- or underdispersion that often is present in the empirical analysis of discrete data or, in the case of overdispersion, if spatial autocorrelation is present. This estimator can be shown to have desirable properties for different distributional assumptions, like the observed flows or (spatially) filtered component being either Poisson or negative binomial. In our spatial autoregressive (SAR) model specification, the resulting parameter estimates can be interpreted as the implied total impact effects defined as the sum of direct and indirect spatial feedback effects. Monte Carlo results indicate marginal finite sample biases in the mean and standard deviation of the parameter estimates and convergence to the true parameter values as the sample size increases. In addition, this article illustrates the model by analyzing patent citation flows data across European regions. (authors' abstract)

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Divisions: Departments > Sozioökonomie > Multi-Level Governance and Development > Geoinformatik
Version of the Document: Draft
Variance from Published Version: Major
Depositing User: ePub Administrator
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2013 11:01
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2015 08:58
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FIDES Link: https://bach.wu.ac.at/d/research/results/1100/
URI: https://epub.wu.ac.at/id/eprint/3849


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