Obaco, M.; Royuela, V.; Xavier, V.
  • Any: 2020
    Identifying Functional Urban Areas in Ecuador using a varying travel time approach. Geographical Analysis, 52 (1), 107-124
    DOI: 10.1111/gean.12190
    Identifying integrated urban areas is an important issue for urban analysis and policy evaluation. In this article, we provide a set of FUAs suitable for monitoring urbanization in Ecuador, a less developed country without commuting data. We do so substituting such socioeconomic flows by available information on road structure, which allow us to work with accessibility based on a varying travel time. In order to build Ecuadorean FUAs, we calibrate our methodology considering Colombian data. We perform several sensitivity analysis and robustness checks to Ecuador with alternative sources of socioeconomic flows. We conclude that the use of GIS data and the calibrated thresholds provide a set of FUAs similar to the ones that would result of using commuting information.