Geografie 2009, 114, 52-65

Approaches to measuring the relevance of geographical dimension of societa inequalities

Pavlína Netrdová, Vojtěch Nosek

Katedra sociální geografie a regionálního rozvoje Přírodovědecké fakulty Univerzity Karlovy v Praze, Albertov 6, 128 43 Praha 2, Czechia

The article focuses on geographical dimension of societal inequalities, especially on approaches to its analysing. Two distinct methods of analysing the relative geographical inequality are utilized: Theil index decomposition and spatial autocorrelation measured by Moran’s I coefficient. Both employed methods should bring, in theory, very similar information. This fact is explored empirically by comparing both methods and by their application on detailed economic, social and demographic data on municipalities in Czechia. Conclusions, predominantly of epistemological nature, are intended to assess advantages and limitations of individual methods and their possible application in practice.


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