The papers appearing in this special issue of Papers in Regional Science, which is devoted to spatial econometrics, come from the First International Conference of the Spatial Econometrics Association held in Cambridge (UK) 12-14 July 2008. This conference was the first official meeting of the new association, which was established in May 2006 in Rome and which has already attracted more than 150 members from around the world. At the Cambridge conference there were close to 120 delegates and more than 100 papers were presented. With regard to the eight papers appearing in this special issue, we would particularly like to thank the authors and the referees for their contribution to what we believe is an interesting and lively selection. Recent years have seen a real explosion in the application of spatial statistical models in all branches of social sciences and in particular in economics. Spatial econometrics models have been used to analyse different topics (see for example Anselin et al. 2004 for a review) and as a matter of fact spatial regression techniques are now becoming an established component in the applied econometrics toolbox, as witnessed by the increasing attention given to this topic in standard econometrics textbooks (Maddala 2001; Woolridge 2002; Gujarati 2003; Kennedy 2003; Baltagi 2008).
- spatial econometric techniques
- regional science