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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
'Gis a Job': What Use Geographical Information Systems in Spatial Economics?
Henry Overman
August 2009
Paper No' SERCDP0026:
Full Paper (pdf)

JEL Classification: C80; C88; R00

Tags: gis; 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.