On the population density distribution across space: A probabilistic approach

Ilenia Epifani, Rosella Nicolini

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Abstract

Working within a Bayesian parametric framework, we develop a novel approach to studying the distribution of regional population density across space. By exploiting the Gamma distribution, we are able to introduce heterogeneity across space without incurring an a priori definition of territorial units. Our contribution also permits the inclusion of an approximation of individual preferences as a further driving force in location choices. We perform an empirical application to the case of Massachusetts. Our results demonstrate that a subjective measure of distance performs well in replicating the population distribution across Massachusetts. © 2013, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)481-510
JournalJournal of Regional Science
Volume53
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 May 2013

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