Where and How Do Swiss and Foreigners Live? Segregation in the Geneva and Zurich Housing Markets
Geneva School of Business Administration
University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland - Geneva School of Business Administration
October 9, 2008
Swiss Journal of Sociology, Vol. 35, No. 3, pp. 571-592, December 2009
In this paper, we measure with a series of standard indicators the degree of residential segregation of the Swiss and foreign population in the urban canton of Geneva and the city of Zurich. We show that there is relatively little segregation, but that the education level (as a proxy for the socio-economic status) should be taken into account. We also compare the quality of the dwellings and neighbourhoods in which the Swiss and the foreigners live. As a general result, foreigners enjoy lesser residential comfort, but the differences are relatively small. In companion papers, we show that the lesser comfort is not fully compensated by lower rents.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 24
Keywords: residential segregation, rental market, dissimilarity index, exposure index
JEL Classification: J7, D39working papers series
Date posted: December 8, 2008 ; Last revised: January 22, 2012
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