Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation,
Royal Institute of Technology, CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies

No 457: The Geography of Economic Segregation

Richard Florida () and Charlotta Mellander ()
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Richard Florida: University of Toronto & New York University
Charlotta Mellander: Jönköping International Business School (JIBS) & Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies (CESIS)

Abstract: This study examines the geography of economic segregation in America. Most studies of economic segregation focus on income, but our research develops a new measure of overall economic segregation spanning income, educational, and occupational segregation which we use to examine the economic, social and demographic factors which are associated with economic segregation across US metros. Adding in the two other dimensions of educational and occupational segregation– seems to provide additional, stronger findings with regard to the factors that are associated with economic segregation broadly. Our findings suggest that several key factors are associated with economic segregation. Across the board, economic segregation is associated with larger, denser, more affluent, and more knowledge based metros. Economic segregation is related to race and to income inequality.

Keywords: Economic Segregation; Income Inequality; Education; Occupation; Race

JEL-codes: I30; J10; R23

21 pages, June 9, 2017

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