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Neighbourhood Effects: Can we measure them and does it matter?

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  • Ruth Lupton
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    Renewed interest in disadvantaged neighbourhoods is generating increasing research activity. Current work includes qualitative community studies and quantitative investigations of area effects on individual outcomes. This paper criticises the contribution of area effects research to date. Methodological and data constraints mean that quantitative studies often operationalise a weak conception of neighbourhood that does not reflect the understanding gained from qualitative work. These constraints present a barrier to testing specific theories that might usefully inform policy, while exaggerated claims are made about the policy relevance of more generic work. The paper concludes that area effects should be accorded less significance in the broad debate on area-based policy. Multi-disciplinary work is needed to develop studies that can influence the design of specific programmes.

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    Paper provided by Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, LSE in its series CASE Papers with number case73.

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    Date of creation: Nov 2003
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    1. Simon Burgess & Karen Gardiner & Carol Propper, 2001. "Growing Up: School, family and area influences on adolescents later life chances," CASE Papers case49, Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, LSE.
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    1. Marx, Ive & Nolan, Brian & Olivera, Javier, 2014. "The Welfare State and Anti-Poverty Policy in Rich Countries," IZA Discussion Papers 8154, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    2. Plane, Jocelyn & Klodawsky, Fran, 2013. "Neighbourhood amenities and health: Examining the significance of a local park," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 99(C), pages 1-8.

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