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Ethnic drift and white flight: A gravity model of neighborhood formation

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Most research on ethnic relocation at the neighborhood level focuses on either in‐migration or out‐migration, considering characteristics of either the origin or the destination neighborhood. Gravity models consider characteristics of both the origin and destination of movers, but are mostly used to explain international or interregional migrant flows. We estimate a gravity model at the neighborhood level to identify the role of ethnic heterogeneity across space in two Dutch cities, explaining both size and ethnic composition of mover flows within cities. Our findings suggest a preference for living with the own ethnic group in an otherwise diverse neighborhood.

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  • diversity, ethnicity, gravity model, immigrants, neighborhood formation, UNITED-STATES, RESIDENTIAL SEGREGATION, SPATIAL STRUCTURE, RACIAL SEGREGATION, HOUSEHOLD LOCATION, IMMIGRATION, ECONOMIC EXCHANGE, DIFFERENTIALS, FLOWS, INTERNATIONAL MIGRATION
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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)921-948
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of Regional Science
Volume58
Issue number5
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Publication statusPublished - Nov 2018