Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Geography and Geology

First Advisor

RN Dr. Petr Pavlinek


The thesis examines the relationship between accessibility and unemployment and the relationship between settlement dispersion and unemployment in Slovakia. The two main hypotheses are as follows: First, the settlements with lower accessibility have higher rates of unemployment. Second, because the areas of dispersed settlement most likely experience poor accessibility, these areas have also higher rates of unemployment. While Slovakia is the main study area, additional analysis is conducted in the case-study region of the Myjava and Skalica Counties in the western part of Slovakia. Several methods are used to evaluate accessibility and settlement dispersion. Container approach and distance approach are the two approaches used to assess accessibility. Traditional method and kernel method of settlement density measurement are the two methods used to assess settlement dispersion. Correlation analyses and testing of their results for significance are the last two steps in the methodological design. Major findings and suggestions for further research of accessibility, settlement dispersion and unemployment are summarized at the end of the study.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Geography-Geology and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 2003, Pavol Hurbanek

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