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Tipping and the Causes of Segregation
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Preference-based models of residential segregation shed light on the reasons why rational agents choose to sort themselves into different urban neighbourhoods. In particular, tipping models of residential segregation estimate “minority” population thresholds past which “natives” tend to avoid certain neighbourhoods altogether, ultimately leading to segregation. We apply the tipping point model developed by Card et al. (2008) to the three metropolitan areas of Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmo in Sweden. We produce new estimates of ethnic-based segregation. Most importantly, we extend the model to other potential socioeconomic drivers of segregation: income and education. We are able to replicate estimates of tipping point locations similar to those in Bohlmark & Willen (2016), but we do not detect evidence of actual neighbourhood tipping. Our procedure generates a wide range of income- and education-based tipping point locations, and we do not find any evidence of tipping behaviour driven by differences in these domains, either.

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2017.
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-326034OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-326034DiVA, id: diva2:1118284
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Available from: 2017-08-18 Created: 2017-06-30 Last updated: 2017-08-18Bibliographically approved

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