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Understanding changes in the geography of opportunity over time: the case of Santiago, Chile

Brain, Isabel and Prieto, Joaquin (2021) Understanding changes in the geography of opportunity over time: the case of Santiago, Chile. International Inequalities Institute Working Papers (63). International Inequalities Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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The geography of opportunity research has made significant progress in recent years. The use of composite indexes aimed at capturing the attributes of different urban areas has been particularly useful to deepen the understanding of the role that the urban context plays in people’s life chances. However, little attention has been paid to the dynamic component of the geography of opportunity, that is, what explains its changes over time and whether or not those changes (positive or negative) are substantial. The contribution of this work is that it offers a methodology (a conceptual framework, a composite geography of opportunity index and relative and absolute measures) that provides a holistic and in-depth approach to analyse not only the set of opportunities available in the different urban areas but also their change over time (how they change, the depth of those changes and the forces explaining it). The information generated through this approach has the advantage of better informing place-based policy interventions since it offers not only a clear classification of areas but also a useful method for comparing and monitoring the changes in the geography of opportunity over time.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2021 The Authors
Divisions: International Inequalities Institute
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2021 13:18
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 12:22

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