Regional Economic Analysis Tools


This package contains a collection of models and analysis methods used in regional and urban economics and (quantitative) economic geography. The functions in this package can be divided in seven groups: (1) analysis of regional disparities and inequality (including Gini coefficient and Lorenz curve), (2) specialization of regions (including spatial Gini coefficient of regional specialization and Krugman coefficient for regional specialization), (3) spatial concentration of industries (including spatial Gini coefficient for industry concentration), (4) regional growth (including traditional shift-share analysis), (5) spatial interaction models (including Huff model and Hansen accessibility), (6) proximity analysis (including calculation of distance matrices and buffers) and (7) additional tools for data preparation und visualization. The package also contains data examples.


Thomas Wieland

Maintainer: Thomas Wieland


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