SPACE AND THE MEASUREMENT OF INCOME SEGREGATION
Article first published online: 18 APR 2007
Journal of Regional Science
Volume 47, Issue 2, pages 255–272, May 2007
How to Cite
Dawkins, C. J. (2007), SPACE AND THE MEASUREMENT OF INCOME SEGREGATION. Journal of Regional Science, 47: 255–272. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9787.2007.00508.x
- Issue published online: 18 APR 2007
- Article first published online: 18 APR 2007
- Received: January 2005; revised: January 2006; accepted: July 2006.
- R12 Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity;
- R14 Land Use Patterns;
- C31 Cross-Sectional Models;
- Spatial Models;
- Treatment Effect Models
ABSTRACT This paper proposes a new spatial ordering index that that can be used to quantify the dependence of a given pattern of income segregation on the spatial arrangement of neighborhoods. Unlike other spatial measures of income segregation proposed in the literature, the spatial ordering index is less sensitive to the presence of outliers, satisfies the “principle of transfers,” and is flexible enough to quantify a variety of spatial patterns of segregation. The index can be interpreted in terms of the ratio of two covariances. Properties of the proposed measure are demonstrated using an example from the city of Baltimore, Maryland.