Freedom from the Tyranny of Neighbourhood: Rethinking Socio-Spatial Context Effects

22 Pages Posted: 2 Apr 2018

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Ana Petrović

Delft University of Technology

David Manley

University of St. Andrews

Maarten van Ham

Delft University of Technology - OTB Research Institute for Housing, Urban and Mobility Studies; University of St. Andrews; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

Theory behind neighbourhood effects suggests that different geographies and scales affect individual outcomes. We argue that neighbourhood effects research needs to break away from the tyranny of neighbourhood and consider alternative ways to measure the wider socio-spatial context of people, placing individuals at the centre of the approach. We review theoretical and empirical approaches to place and space from a multitude of disciplines and the geographical scopes of neighbourhood effects mechanisms. Ultimately, we suggest ways in which micro-geographic data can be used to operationalise socio-spatial context for neighbourhood effects, where data pragmatism should be supplanted by a theory-driven data exploration.

Keywords: neighbourhood effects, socio-spatial context, micro-geographic data, bespoke neighbourhoods, spatial scale

JEL Classification: I30, J60, P46, R23

Suggested Citation

Petrović, Ana and Manley, David and van Ham, Maarten, Freedom from the Tyranny of Neighbourhood: Rethinking Socio-Spatial Context Effects. IZA Discussion Paper No. 11416, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3153380

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