Luc Anselin

Luc Anselin

Luc Anselin is one of the principal developers of the field of spatial econometrics.

Life and contributions

Born in Belgium, he attended Vrije Universiteit in Brussels, receiving the Licenciate in Economics in 1975, and a Graduate Certificate in Statistics, Econometrics and Operations Research in 1976. Anselin completed his education at Cornell University, where he received a PhD in Regional science in 1980.

Anselin began his academic career in 1980 at The Ohio State University, moving to University of California, Santa Barbara in 1989. He left Santa Barbara for the Regional Research Institute at West Virginia University in 1993, and then went to the University of Texas at Dallas in 1998. The following year he left for the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he served as the director of the [ Spatial Analysis Laboratory] . In 2007 he left Urbana-Champaign for Arizona State University to become the Director and Foundation Professor of the [ School of Geographical Sciences] , also serving as the Director of the Geoda Center for Geospatial Analysis and Computation.

Anselin's contributions have been methodological, applicable to a wide variety of problems in the social sciences, and as a result he has held positions in departments of Economics, Agricultural Economics, Political Science, Urban and Regional Planning, and Geography. In 2004 he was elected a Fellow of the Regional Science Association International, in 2005 he received the Walter Isard Award, and in 2006 he was awarded the William Alonso Memorial Prize.

Anselin is best known for his 1988 book "Spatial Econometrics", and his development of the applications "SpaceStat" and "GeoDA", which contain procedures for estimating spatial autoregressive models and for spatial exploratory data analysis. GeoDA, still under active development, is freely available for download and contains some GIS capabilities.

elected works


* L. Anselin, R. Florax and S. Rey (eds.), "Advances in Spatial Econometrics. Methodology, Tools and Applications". Berlin: Springer-Verlag, 2004.
* L. Anselin and S. Rey (eds.), "New Tools for Spatial Data Analysis: Proceedings of a Workshop". Center for Spatially Integrated Social Science, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2002 (CDROM).
* S. Messner, L. Anselin, D. Hawkins, G. Deane, S. Tolnay, R. Baller, "An Atlas of the Spatial Patterning of County-Level Homicide, 1960-1990". Pittsburgh: [ NCOVR] , 2000.
* L. Anselin and R. Florax (eds.), "New Directions in Spatial Econometrics". Berlin: Springer-Verlag,1995.
* L. Anselin and M. Madden (eds.), "New Directions in Regional Analysis: Integrated and Multiregional Approaches". London: Belhaven Press, 1990 (paperback edition, 1993).
* L. Anselin, "Spatial Econometrics: Methods and Models". Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1988.

Articles and book chapters

*L. Anselin, J. Le Gallo and H. Jayet. “Spatial Panel Econometrics,” In L. Matyas and P. Sevestre (Eds.), "The Econometrics of Panel Data, Fundamentals and Recent Developments in Theory and Practice" (3rd Edition). Dordrecht, Kluwer (2008).
*L. Anselin, S. Sridharan and S. Gholston. “Using Exploratory Spatial Data Analysis to Leverage Social Indicator Databases: The Discovery of Interesting Patterns,” "Social Indicators Research" (2007).
*L. Anselin and J. Le Gallo. “Interpolation of Air Quality Measures in Hedonic House Price Models: Spatial Aspects,” "Spatial Economic Analysis" 1(1), 2006: 31-52.
*L. Anselin. “Spatial Econometrics,” In T.C. Mills and K. Patterson (Eds.), "Palgrave Handbook of Econometrics: Volume 1, Econometric Theory". Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2006: 901-969.
*L Anselin, I. Syabri and Y. Kho. “GeoDa: An Introduction to Spatial Data Analysis,” "Geographical Analysis" 38 (1), 2006: 5-22.
*S. Rey and L. Anselin. “Recent Advances in Software for Spatial Analysis in the Social Sciences,” "Geographical Analysis" 38 (1), 2006: 1-4.
*L. Anselin. “How (not) to Lie with Spatial Statistics,” "American Journal of Preventive Medicine" 30 (2), 2006: S3-S6.
*L. Mobley, E. Root, L. Anselin, N. Lozano, J. Koschinsky. “Spatial Analysis of Elderly Access to Primary Care Services,” "International Journal of Health Geographics" 5 (19), 2006.
*L. Anselin. “Spatial Dependence,” In B. Warff (Ed.), "Encyclopedia of Human Geography." Thousand Oaks, CA, Sage Publications, 2006: 451-452.
*L. Anselin. “Spatial Heterogeneity,” In B. Warff (Ed.), "Encyclopedia of Human Geography." Thousand Oaks, CA, Sage Publications, 2006: 452-453.
*S. Messner, G. Deane, L. Anselin and B. Pearson-Nelson. “Locating the Vanguard in Rising and Falling Homicide Rates among U.S. Cities,” "Criminology" 43 (3), 2005: 661-696.
*L. Anselin. “Spatial Statistical Modeling in a GIS Environment,” In D. Maguire, M. Goodchild and M. Batty (Eds.), "GIS, Spatial Analysis and Modeling." Redlands, CA, ESRI Press, 2005: 93-111.
*A. Varga, L. Anselin and Z. Acs. “Regional Innovation in the U.S. over Space and Time,” In G. Maier and S. Sedlacek (Eds.), "Spillovers and Innovation: Space, Environment and the Economy." Vienna, Springer-Verlag, 2005: 93-104.


* [ UIUC Spatial Analysis Laboratory's online biography of Luc Anselin]

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