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Neighbourhood effects in small neighbourhoods

Overman, Henry G. ORCID: 0000-0002-3525-7629 (2000) Neighbourhood effects in small neighbourhoods. CEPDP (481). London School of Economics and Political Science. Centre for Economic Performance, London, UK. ISBN 0753014254

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This paper uses data on a sample of Australian teenagers to test for neighbourhood effects on school dropout rates. The data allows us to test for neighbourhood effects at two different spatial scales. We find that educational composition of the larger neighbourhood can influence the dropout rate. We argue that this is most likely to reflect the structure of local labour market demand. We also find that low socio-economic status of the immediate neighbourhood has an adverse impact on dropout rate. This suggests that government policy may need to consider the socio-economic composition of quite small geographical areas if it considers interfering in the market to create greater income mixing within neighbourhoods.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2000 Henry G. Overman
Divisions: Centre for Economic Performance
Geography & Environment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
L Education > L Education (General)
JEL classification: I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I2 - Education > I20 - General
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J2 - Time Allocation, Work Behavior, and Employment Determination and Creation; Human Capital; Retirement > J24 - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
R - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics > R1 - General Regional Economics > R12 - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2008 18:04
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 11:23

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