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Diversity and Neighbourhood Satisfaction

Monica Langella () and Alan Manning ()

CEP Discussion Papers from Centre for Economic Performance, LSE

Abstract: This paper investigates the impact of ethnic diversity on individuals' overall satisfaction with and other aspects of their neighbourhood. It uses panel data and a variety of empirical methods to control for potential endogeneity of diversity and of the location choices. We find that a higher white share in the neighbourhood 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 and the quality of social life.

Keywords: neighbourhood satisfaction; social capital; diversity; deprivation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Z1 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-hap, nep-soc and nep-ure
Date: 2016-12
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