Where and How Do Swiss and Foreigners Live? Segregation in the Geneva and Zurich Housing Markets

Swiss Journal of Sociology, Vol. 35, No. 3, pp. 571-592, December 2009

24 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2008 Last revised: 22 Jan 2012

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Caroline Schaerer

Geneva School of Business Administration

Andrea Baranzini

University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland - Geneva School of Business Administration

Date Written: October 9, 2008

Abstract

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.

Keywords: residential segregation, rental market, dissimilarity index, exposure index

JEL Classification: J7, D39

Suggested Citation

Schaerer, Caroline and Baranzini, Andrea, Where and How Do Swiss and Foreigners Live? Segregation in the Geneva and Zurich Housing Markets (October 9, 2008). Swiss Journal of Sociology, Vol. 35, No. 3, pp. 571-592, December 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1281200 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1281200

Caroline Schaerer (Contact Author)

Geneva School of Business Administration ( email )

CH-1227 Geneva
Switzerland

Andrea Baranzini

University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland - Geneva School of Business Administration ( email )

CH-1227 Geneva
Switzerland
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+41-22-388 1701 (Fax)

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