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Diversity and neighbourhood satisfaction

Langella, Monica and Manning, Alan ORCID: 0000-0002-7884-3580 (2019) Diversity and neighbourhood satisfaction. The Economic Journal, 129 (624). 3219 - 3255. ISSN 0013-0133

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Identification Number: 10.1093/ej/uez030


This article investigates the impact of ethnic diversity on individuals' satisfaction with their neighbourhoods. 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 fear of crime, though we find no effect on actual crime.

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Additional Information: © 2019 The Authors
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
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2018 15:33
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 01:30

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