The centralization index: A measure of local spatial segregation

David C. Folch, Sergio J. Rey

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Abstract

Segregated areas may occur around an attractive park or a waste incinerator, but the magnitude and group membership of the people in closest proximity will likely be difierent. We therefore introduce a local segregation measure that can be applied to any location within a metropolitan area, and that can identify the group that is relatively more concentrated around that reference location. We further introduce an inference approach to identify the statistical significance of a particular segregation value. In an exploratory setting the index can be used to generate a map of hot spots, and seed the question: “why is this group significantly concentrated around that location?”.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)555-576
Number of pages22
JournalPapers in Regional Science
Volume95
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2016

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Keywords

  • centralization
  • Local segregation
  • spatial segregation

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  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)

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The centralization index : A measure of local spatial segregation. / Folch, David C.; Rey, Sergio J.

In: Papers in Regional Science, Vol. 95, No. 3, 01.08.2016, p. 555-576.

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Folch, David C. ; Rey, Sergio J. / The centralization index : A measure of local spatial segregation. In: Papers in Regional Science. 2016 ; Vol. 95, No. 3. pp. 555-576.
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