Spatial Statistics Software and Articles

James LeSage and I have come out with a new book on spatial statistics and econometrics:

Introduction to Spatial Econometrics, CRC Press/Taylor & Francis

This book arose partly in response to questions by economists and others about interpreting spatial statistical models. We provide a number of motivations for spatial dependence. Specifically, we provide a time series motivation for spatial dependence as steady state spatiotemporal equilibrium as well as justifications based on omitted variables, spatial heterogeneity, externalities, and model averaging. We discuss interpretations of the estimated coefficients from these models and show a number of examples of their use. The book both ties together many of the articles that we have written on spatial econometrics and statistics as well as introducing many new results on topics such as spatial multinomial probit.


Ugarte, M. Dolores (2011), "Introduction to Spatial Econometrics," Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A, Volume 174, Number 2, p. 513-514.

Elhorst, Paul (2010), "Applied Spatial Econometrics: Raising the Bar," Spatial Economic Analysis, Volume 5, Number 1, p. 9-28 (lead article).

Fingleton, Bernard, et. al. (2010), "Editorial," Spatial Economic Analysis, Volume 5, Number 1, p. 2-3.

Lozano-Gracia, Nancy (2010), "Introduction to Spatial Econometrics," Journal of the American Statistical Association, Volume 105, Number 491, p. 1280.

Bell, Kathleen P. (2010), "Introduction to Spatial Econometrics," Journal of Regional Science, Volume 50, Number 5, p. 1014-1015.

Lee, Lung-Fei and Jihai Yu (2010), "Introduction to Spatial Econometrics," Geographical Analysis, Volume 42, p. 356-358.

O'Brien, C.M. (2009), "Introduction to Spatial Econometrics," International Statistical Review, p. 472.

Matthias, Arnold (2009), "Introduction to Spatial Econometrics," Statistical Papers.

Buscher, Herbert S. (2009), "Introduction to Spatial Econometrics," Zentralblatt, 1163-91004.

Ross, Justin (2009), "Introduction to Spatial Econometrics," The Perfect Substitute.

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Kelley Pace

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