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Do Income Inequality Translate Into Income Segregation?: The Link Between Income Inequality and Income Segregation in Swedish Municipalities 1995-2014
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
2018 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This essay attempts to study the link between the municipal income distribution evolution measured by the Gini coefficient and its potential impact on municipal economic residential segregation in Sweden in the period 1995-2014. It uses rich panel data from GeoSweden aggregated on SAMS and municipality level. The fixed effects regression model is employed which allows for controlling for municipality as well as year fixed effects. The income segregation explore the evenness dimension, focusing on the spatial clustering of poor and affluent individuals in municipalities' SAMS areas. Thus, this thesis looks at the spatial income segregation of poverty and segregation of affluence. Segregation is measured as the standard deviation of the share of population holding an income below or above a certain threshold income set at the national level annually. Results show a highly statistically significant link between the Gini coefficient and segregation of poverty. In contrast, this relationship was not significant considering segregation of affluence.

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2018.
Keywords [en]
Income distribution, Income inequality, Economic residential segregation, Fixed effects, Sweden
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-357259OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-357259DiVA, id: diva2:1238754
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Available from: 2018-08-14 Created: 2018-08-14 Last updated: 2018-08-14Bibliographically approved

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