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GIS for economists

Daniel Lewis invited to run Workshop in Helsinki

GIS for economists

On 24-28 October, Daniel Lewis, with Felix Weinhardt, a colleague from LSE's Department of Geography and Environment, were invited to Helsinki to give a three-day workshop on GIS for Economists at VATT (Government Institute for Economic Research).

The sessions aimed to demonstrate the value, both conceptually and practically, of bringing spatial theory and measurement into econometric models. They covered some GIS basics, including representation, projection and spatial relationships, before fleshing out these ideas with practical sessions using ESRI's ArcGIS 10. These dealt with spatial data in a basic hedonic model of house price. A highlight was the application of geographic zone design to the Finnish municipality system, which it is believed might benefit from a series of mergers to reduce the number of small municipalities and increase the efficiency of public services.

Dan also had the opportunity to present some of his PhD research to the VATT weekly seminar,  on the spatial analysis of health and healthcare applied to choice and constraint in Southwark's primary care.

Thanks go to Matti Sarvimäki and Tuukka Saarimaa at VATT for the invitation and organisation of the event, and their Finnish hospitality.


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