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Measuring Segregation

Oscar Volij () and David Frankel

No 210, Econometric Society 2004 North American Summer Meetings from Econometric Society

Abstract: We define a segregation ordering as a ranking of cities from most segregated to least segregated. \ We propose a set of basic properties that any reasonable segregation ordering should have. \ We then fully characterize the class of segregation orderings that satisfy these basic properties. \ We prove that every such ordering is representable by a segregation index that has a particular simple form. \ Finally, we show that with one rarely used exception, each index defined in the literature violates one or more of our basic properties.

Keywords: segregation; evenness; isolation; dissimilarity; axiomatic method (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C43 C81 D63 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2004-08-11
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