Urban Segregation and Inequality

Sorting models and economic evaluation of social and environmental (Dis)Amenities

One of the main approaches in the literature for estimating the economic value of the reduction in crime or the improvement in school performance is to use differences in house price changes to compute the willingness to pay for these improvements. However, such improvements are likely to change the social mix of the affected neighbourhoods. Failure to take into account selection effects leads to bias in the economic valuation of a variety of social and physical environmental effects.

Neighbourhood effects and sorting processes

Sorting processes and the resulting selection effects have been recognised as one of the main factors that undermine the reliability of existing UK estimates of the economic value of various social and environmental (dis)amenities and also of neighbourhood effects. Hitherto, lack of data has meant that it has not been possible to resolve the selection bias arising from omitted sorting effects in UK studies. However, the impact could be profound.

Location dynamics, owner occupation and ethnicity in Scotland

Using surname grouping to identify ethnic identity this project will model the spatial dynamics of ethnic migration within and between cities in Scotland. We aim to fill an important gap in evidence for health, housing, education and social service planning by modelling, explaining and predicting inter-Census spatial patterns of ethnicity (currently unknown) of migration flows.

Poverty in suburbia: Has Glasgow gone the way of American cities?

The traditional view of poverty as an inner city phenomenon is being challenged. Recent analysis of American cities finds that suburbia is now “home to the largest and fastest-growing poor population in the country and more than half of the metropolitan poor” (Economist 17/1/2002) . As a result, the rise of suburban poverty is being highlighted as one of the most significant trends that may come to characterise twenty-first century cities.


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