Working paper

Economic Geography and Spatial Statistics: Theory and Empirics of New Zealand Regions (WP 00/11)

Abstract#

This paper sets the stage for current Treasury research on New Zealand regional socio-economic issues by:

  • Outlining a basic theoretical framework;

  • Introducing a regional database and Geographic Information Systems, a new empirical tool for data analysis; and

  • Illustrating the potential of this data and tools for analysing policy relevant issues by testing some empirical hypotheses derived from the theoretical framework.