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Segregation Across Neighborhoods in a Small City

Lee, Shu En and Lim, Jing Zhi and Shen, Lucas (2021): Segregation Across Neighborhoods in a Small City.

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Social segregation has profound impacts on socioeconomic outcomes. Using anonymized GPS records for Singapore which we spatially join to census records, we examine daily movement across geographically-refined neighborhoods. We show that the GPS-derived data detect segregation by poverty, even with an imperfect proxy, and in the presence of targeted urban policies aimed at social integration. The findings bode well for the use of GPS data in general to measure social segregation.

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