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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper

'Gis a Job': What Use Geographical Information Systems in Spatial Economics?


Geographical Information Systems (GIS) are used for inputting, storing, managing, analysing and mapping spatial data. This article argues that each of these functions can help researchers interested in spatial economics. In addition, GIS provide access to new data which is both interesting in its own right, but also as a source of exogenous variation.


Henry Overman

August 2009     Paper Number SERCDP0026

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This SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper is published under the centre's Urban programme.