Who Moves to Mixed-Income Neighborhoods?

47 Pages Posted: 3 Sep 2010

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Terra McKinnish

University of Colorado at Boulder - Department of Economics

Kirk White

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

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Date Written: August 1, 2010


This paper uses confidential Census data, specifically the 1990 and 2000 Census Long Form data, to study the income dispersion of recent cohorts of migrants to mixed-income neighborhoods. If recent in-migrants to mixed-income neighborhoods exhibit high levels of income heterogeneity, this is consistent with stable mixed-income neighborhoods. If, however, mixed-income neighborhoods are comprised of older homogenous lower-income (higher income) cohorts combined with newer homogenous higher-income (lower-income) cohorts, this is consistent with neighborhood transition. Our results indicate that neighborhoods with high levels of income dispersion do in fact attract a much more heterogeneous set of in-migrants, particularly from the tails of the income distribution, but that income heterogeneity does tend to erode over time. Our results also suggest that the residents of mixed-income neighborhoods may be less heterogeneous with respect to lifetime income.

Suggested Citation

McKinnish, Terra and White, Kirk, Who Moves to Mixed-Income Neighborhoods? (August 1, 2010). US Census Bureau Center for Economic Studies Paper No. CES-WP-10-18, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1670001 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1670001

Terra McKinnish

University of Colorado at Boulder - Department of Economics ( email )

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Kirk White (Contact Author)

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) ( email )

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Washington, DC 20250
United States

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