An evolutive approach for the delineation of local labour markets

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Title: An evolutive approach for the delineation of local labour markets
Authors: Flórez-Revuelta, Francisco | Casado-Díaz, José M. | Martínez Bernabeu, Lucas
Research Group/s: Informática Industrial y Redes de Computadores | Territorio y Movilidad. Mercados de Trabajo y Vivienda
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Tecnología Informática y Computación | Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Análisis Económico Aplicado
Keywords: Delineation | Local labour markets | Evolutionary computation
Knowledge Area: Arquitectura y Tecnología de Computadores | Economía Aplicada
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Springer Berlin / Heidelberg
Citation: FLÓREZ-REVUELTA, Francisco; CASADO-DÍAZ, José Manuel; MARTÍNEZ-BERNABEU, Lucas. "An evolutive approach for the delineation of local labour markets". En: Parallel Problem Solving from Nature - PPSN IX : 9th International Conference, Reykjavik, Iceland, September 9-13, 2006, Proceedings. Berlin : Springer, 2006. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; 4193). ISBN 978-3-540-38990-3, pp. 342-351
Abstract: This paper presents a new approach to the delineation of local labour markets based on evolutionary computation. The main objective is the regionalisation of a given territory into functional regions based on commuting flows. According to the relevant literature, such regions are defined so that (a) their boundaries are rarely crossed in daily journeys to work, and (b) a high degree of intra-area movement exists. This proposal merges municipalities into functional regions by maximizing a fitness function that measures aggregate intra-region interaction under constraints of inter-region separation and minimum size. Real results are presented based on the latest database from the Census of Population in the Region of Valencia. Comparison between the results obtained through the official method which currently is most widely used (that of British Travel-to-Work Areas) and those from our approach is also presented, showing important improvements in terms of both the number of different market areas identified that meet the statistical criteria and the degree of aggregate intra-market interaction.
Sponsor: José M. Casado-Díaz has received financial support from the Spanish Department of Education and Science (ref. BEC2003-02391) through a program partly funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Lucas Martínez-Bernabeu acknowledges financial support from the Spanish Dept. of Education and Science, the European Social Fund (ESF) and the University of Alicante.
ISBN: 978-3-540-38990-3
ISSN: 0302-9743 (Print) | 1611-3349 (Online)
DOI: 10.1007/11844297_35
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/conferenceObject
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