Victor Iturra

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Amenity Decomposition: The Role Played by Firms and Workers in Explaining Spatial Wage Differences in Chile

It is well established in the literature that amenities are important in affecting regional patterns by influencing both workers' and firms' location decisions. Using the seminal contribution made by Beeson and Eberts, this study performs a wage change decomposition into amenity (workers) and productivity (firms) components. The results reveal that firms are more significant when explaining high average wage regions in Chile, since they derive more benefits from agglomeration economies and natur...

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Paredes, D., Iturra, V. and Lufin, M. A spatial decomposition of income inequality in Chile, Regional Studies. Previous literature identifies the high and persistent income inequality of Chile, but the geographic heterogeneity of the inequality is still unexplored. This lack of discussion encourages spatially blind policy that ignores the interaction between individual and spatial inequality. To evaluate its magnitude, a spatial decomposition at the regional, provincial and county levels is prop...

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The aim of this article is to build a spatial housing price index for the Chilean communes (the commune political body similar to a municipality or county). The first step is to recover hedonic prices of three housing attributes by estimating a mixed index model (Bowden, 1992) using a generalized method of moments procedure. Secondly, a censored almost ideal demand system (Deaton and Muellbauer, 1980) is estimated to build expenditures for every commune and to compare them among different spatia...

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We empirically test the positive relationship between market access and wages stated by New Economic Geography. Contrary to most estimations in other countries, we find evidence of significant spatial heterogeneity of this elasticity across Chilean communities.

A further step to understand income inequality in Chile: A decomposition using three-stages nested Theil index decomposition method

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The previous literature identifies the high and persistent income inequality of Chile, but the geography of this inequality is still unexplored. To evaluate this dimension, we propose a three-stage decomposition of the Theil index at regional, province and county level. Our decomposition indicates that between 1992 and 2009, 21% of the inequality is attributable to these spatial scales. Inside of them, the highest inequality exists between counties and between regions, although they follow diffe...

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We estimate the spatial substitution bias based on the difference between a price index (PI) and the true cost of living (COL). This bias is computed at three geographical scales, using several fixed baskets and across different expenditures quartiles. Our results show a significant substitution bias for small geographical units. The choice of the base basket is also relevant for the bias estimation. Finally, the spatial substitution bias is larger for upper side of the expenditure distribution ...

#1Dusan ParedesH-Index: 6

#2Victor IturraH-Index: 5

We estimate the spatial substitution bias based on the difference between a price index and the true cost of living. We estimate the substitution bias for several different geographical scales, using different base baskets and across several spending quartiles. Our results show a significant substitution bias for small geographic units. The choice of the base basket is relevant for the estimation of the bias. Finally, the spatial substitution bias is higher for higher level quartiles due to the ...

#1Victor IturraH-Index: 5

The aim of this article is to build a spatial housing price index for the Chilean communes (the commune political body similar to a municipality or county). The first step is to recover hedonic prices of three housing attributes by estimating a mixed index model (Bowden, 1992) using a generalized method of moments procedure. Secondly, a censored almost ideal demand system (Deaton and Muellbauer, 1980) is estimated to build expenditures for every commune and to compare them among different spatia...

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