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Diversity and neighbourhood satisfaction

Langella, Monica and Manning, Alan (2019) Diversity and neighbourhood satisfaction. The Economic Journal. ISSN 0013-0133

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Identification Number: 10.1093/ej/uez030


This paper investigates the impact of ethnic diversity on individuals’ satisfaction with their neighbourhood. It uses panel data and a variety of empirical methods to control for potential endogeneity of diversity and of location choices. We find that a higher white share raises overall satisfaction with the neighbourhood in our (overwhelming white) sample, but has no significant impact on generalised trust or other commonly-used measures of social capital. We suggest that part of the impact of diversity on overall neighbourhood satisfaction may be through an effect on a fear of crime though we find no effect on actual crime.

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Additional Information: © 2018 Royal Economic Society
Divisions: Economics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
JEL classification: R - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics > R1 - General Regional Economics
Z - Other Special Topics > Z1 - Cultural Economics; Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology > Z10 - General
Sets: Departments > Economics
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2018 15:33
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2020 00:02

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