Using quantile smoothing splines to identify employment subcenters in a multicentric urban area

S. G. Craig, P. T. Ng

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Abstract

The goal of this paper is to provide a statistically based definition of employment subcenters for multicentric urban areas. In particular, we examine the shape of the employment density function using quantile smoothing splines as a nonparametric empirical specification. This approach allows inspection of the employment gradient at the upper tail rather than the center of the employment density distribution. As a result, our definition of employment subcenters extends previous work as it allows us to condition on distance from the central business district, relies on the extent to which a subcenter influences surrounding areas, yet still emphasizes areas with high employment densities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)100-120
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Urban Economics
Volume49
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001

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  • Economics and Econometrics

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