Neighborhood Effects: Accomplishments and Looking Beyond Them

20 Pages Posted: 8 Feb 2010  

Yannis M. Ioannides

Tufts University

Giorgio Topa

Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Date Written: 2009-06

Abstract

The paper addresses the empirical significance of the social context in economic decisions. Decisions of individuals who share spatial and social milieus are likely to be interdependent, and econometric identification of social effects poses intricate data and methodological problems, including dealing with self-selection in spatial and social groups. It uses a simple empirical framework to introduce social interactions effects at different levels of aggregation, and examines estimation problems in linear models, the impact of self-selection and of nonlinearities. It also examines neighborhood effects in job matching and proposes a research agenda that offers new techniques and data sources.

Suggested Citation

Ioannides, Yannis M. and Topa, Giorgio, Neighborhood Effects: Accomplishments and Looking Beyond Them (2009-06). Journal of Regional Science, Vol. 50, Issue 1, pp. 343-362, February 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1547357 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9787.2009.00638.x

Yannis M. Ioannides (Contact Author)

Tufts University ( email )

Medford, MA 02155
United States

Giorgio Topa

Federal Reserve Bank of New York ( email )

33 Liberty Street
New York, NY 10045
United States

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