An Evolutive Approach for the Delineation of Local Labour Markets

  • Francisco Flórez-Revuelta
  • José Manuel Casado-Díaz
  • Lucas Martínez-Bernabeu
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4193)


This paper presents a new approach to the delineation of local labour markets based on evolutionary computation. The main objective is the regionalisation of a given territory into functional regions based on commuting flows. According to the relevant literature, such regions are defined so that (a) their boundaries are rarely crossed in daily journeys to work, and (b) a high degree of intra-area movement exists. This proposal merges municipalities into functional regions by maximizing a fitness function that measures aggregate intra-region interaction under constraints of inter-region separation and minimum size. Real results are presented based on the latest database from the Census of Population in the Region of Valencia. Comparison between the results obtained through the official method which currently is most widely used (that of British Travel-to-Work Areas) and those from our approach is also presented, showing important improvements in terms of both the number of different market areas identified that meet the statistical criteria and the degree of aggregate intra-market interaction.


Genetic Algorithm Evolutionary Computation Evolutive Approach Official Method Crossover Point 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Francisco Flórez-Revuelta
    • 1
  • José Manuel Casado-Díaz
    • 2
  • Lucas Martínez-Bernabeu
    • 1
  1. 1.Research Unit on Industrial Computing and Computer NetworksUniversity of AlicanteAlicanteSpain
  2. 2.Institute of International EconomicsUniversity of AlicanteAlicanteSpain

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