What Do Street Names Tell Us? An Application to Great Britain's Streets

9 Pages Posted: 6 Nov 2017 Last revised: 7 Nov 2017

Date Written: November 1, 2017


This note conducts an application of the methodology described in Oto-Peralías (2017) [What do street names tell us? The ‘city-text’ as socio-cultural data, Journal of Economic Geography] to the case of Great Britain. In that article, I propose that street names can be used as a rich source of information to create socio-cultural indicators at the regional and local level. To illustrate this methodology for the case of Great Britain, I create an indicator measuring the historical importance of Christianism and another measuring the cultural attachment to Great Britain. Interestingly, both street-name indicators are strongly correlated with the underlying cultural factors they are supposed to capture.

Keywords: Street names, city-text, quantitative analysis, culture

JEL Classification: R19, Z10, Z13

Suggested Citation

Oto‐Peralias, Daniel, What Do Street Names Tell Us? An Application to Great Britain's Streets (November 1, 2017). Journal of Economic Geography, DOI: 10.1093/jeg/ibx030. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3063381 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3063381

Daniel Oto‐Peralias (Contact Author)

Universidad Pablo de Olavide


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