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Title:The construction of neighbourhoods and its relevance for the measurement of social and ethnic segregation: evidence from Denmark PDF Logo
Authors:Piil Damm, Anna
Schultz-Nielsen, Marie Louise
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:IZA discussion papers 3719
Abstract:In this paper we propose a model for constructing neighbourhoods based on geo-referenced data and administrative data. The 431,233 inhabited hectare cells in Denmark are clustered into 9,404 small and 2,296 large neighbourhoods, inhabited on average in 2004 by 572 and 2,343 persons respectively. The priorities in the clustering process are to obtain neighbourhoods that are unaltered over time, delineated by physical barriers, compact, homogeneous in terms of type of housing and ownership, relatively small, homogeneous in terms of number of inhabitants, and comprised of a contiguous cluster of cells. To illustrate the importance of detailed neighbourhood information we compare social and ethnic segregation measured by Isolation and Dissimilation indices on the levels of municipalities and of small neighbourhoods. Our findings demonstrate substantial variation in the residential mix in neighbourhoods within a given municipality, and thus show the importance of having information on a more detailed geographical level than that of the municipality.
Subjects:Geo-referenced data
neighbourhoods
segregation
JEL:I3
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-20081014192
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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