A new set of spatial-interaction models: the theory of competing destinations.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

360 Scopus citations


Members of the family of spatial-interaction models commonly referred to as gravity models are shown to be misspecified. One result of this misspecification is the occurrence of an undesirable 'spatial-structure effect' in estimated distance-decay parameters and this effect is examined in detail. An alternative set of spatial-interaction models is formulated from which more accurate predictions of interactions and more accurate parameter estimates can be obtained. These new interaction models are termed competing destinations models, and estimated distance-decay parameters obtained in their calibration are shown to have a purely behavioural interpretation. The implications of gravity-model misspecification are discussed. -Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEnvironment & Planning A
Number of pages22
StatePublished - 1983
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)


Dive into the research topics of 'A new set of spatial-interaction models: the theory of competing destinations.'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this