Spatial autocorrelation or model misspecification

Daniel P. McMillen

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A Monte Carlo experiment illustrates one of the pitfalls of spatial modeling. Specification tests indicate spatial autocorrelation when functional form misspecification is actually the only problem with the model. Incorrect functional forms and omitted variables that are correlated over space produce spurious spatial autocorrelation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)208-217
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Regional Science Review
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2003


  • Kernel regression
  • Lagrange multiplier (LM) tests
  • Nonparametric
  • Spatial autocorrelation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science
  • General Social Sciences


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