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- Identifying functional regions in Australia using hierarchical aggregation techniques
Watts, Martin J.
- This paper continues our work focused on developing a new socioeconomic geography for Australia such that the chosen spatial aggregation of data is based on an analysis of economic behaviour. The underlying hypothesis is that the development of a geographical classification based on underlying economic behaviour will provide new insights into critical issues of regional performance, including unemployment differentials, the impact of industry, infrastructure and changes in local public expenditure on local labour markets. As a precursor to detailed work on the 2006 Census data, we establish the proof of concept in this paper of the Intramax methodology using 2001 ABS Journey-to-Work data for NSW. The functional regionalisation generated by the Intramax method is then tested using ABS labour force data. We compare 2001 ABS Census data aggregated by the ABS labour force regions to the same data aggregated using our functional regions. The results demonstrate the potential value of this technique for the development of a new geography.
- The Challenge to Restore Full Employment: Incorporating the 9th Path to Full Employment Conference and 14th National Conference on Unemployment. The Challenge to Restore Full Employment: Incorporating the 9th Path to Full Employment Conference and 14th National Conference on Unemployment. Proceedings: Refereed Papers (Newcastle, N.S.W. 6-7 December, 2007)
- Centre of Full Employment and Equity, University of Newcastle
local labour markets
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- conference paper