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Ethnic Disparities in Neighbourhood Selection: Understanding the Role of Income

Coulter, RC; Clark, WAV; (2019) Ethnic Disparities in Neighbourhood Selection: Understanding the Role of Income. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research , 43 (5) pp. 947-962. 10.1111/1468-2427.12697. Green open access

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Abstract

Resurgent fears that segregation could undermine the cohesion, prosperity and security of British society require re‐examining how ethnicity and economic resources interact to structure the types of neighbourhoods people relocate to when they move. This article uses the United Kingdom Household Longitudinal Study and 2011 census data to assess how ethnicity and income intersect to stratify the ethnic and socio‐economic composition of the neighbourhoods people move to in England and Wales. The results suggest that greater access to resources allows people from most ethnic groups to act on shared residential preferences by moving to more advantaged locales. Furthermore, higher incomes accelerate ethnic deconcentration by carrying Asians into neighbourhoods with a greater share of White Britons. However, there is also considerable inertia and ethnic inequality in neighbourhood destinations. The geography of local opportunity structures constrains the types of neighbourhood people relocate to and ethnic minorities tend to move to less advantaged neighbourhoods than their White British peers. Although Britain is not ‘sleepwalking to segregation’, there are persistent ethnic and socio‐economic disparities in neighbourhood outcomes.

Type: Article
Title: Ethnic Disparities in Neighbourhood Selection: Understanding the Role of Income
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/1468-2427.12697
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-2427.12697
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: ethnicity, income, neighbourhoods, residential mobility, segregation
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Geography
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10048764
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