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Measuring local, salient economic inequality in the UK

Suss, Joel (2023) Measuring local, salient economic inequality in the UK. Environment and Planning A, 55 (7). 1714 - 1737. ISSN 0308-518X

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Identification Number: 10.1177/0308518X231154255


Neighbourhood-level economic inequality is thought to have important implications for social, political, and economic attitudes and behaviours. However, due to a lack of available data, to date it has been impossible to investigate how inequality varies across neighbourhoods in the UK. In this paper, I develop a novel measure of within-neighbourhood inequality in the UK by exploiting data on housing values for over 26.6 million addresses – nearly the universe of residential properties in the UK. Across two surveys, I demonstrate that housing value inequality is perceptually-salient – what people see around them in terms of housing discrepancies is associated with their beliefs about inequality. This new measure of local, salient inequality represents a powerful tool with which to investigate both the anatomy of local inequality in the UK, as well as its attitudinal and behavioural consequences.

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Additional Information: © 2023 The Author(s)
Divisions: Methodology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences
JEL classification: D - Microeconomics > D6 - Welfare Economics > D63 - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2023 12:24
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2024 20:06

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