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Local versus overall segregation measures

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  • Alonso-Villar, Olga
  • del Río, Coral

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This paper proposes a theoretical framework in which to study the segregation of a target group in a multigroup context, which can be labeled as local segregation. In doing so, this paper first presents an axiomatic set-up within which local segregation measures can be evaluated and it defines local segregation curves. Next, a class of additive local segregation indexes that is related to the generalized entropy family and consistent with the above curves is characterized. Finally, this paper offers a bridge between local and overall segregation indexes by using population weights.

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  • Alonso-Villar, Olga & del Río, Coral, 2010. "Local versus overall segregation measures," Mathematical Social Sciences, Elsevier, vol. 60(1), pages 30-38, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:matsoc:v:60:y:2010:i:1:p:30-38
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    Keywords

    Segregation indexes Local segregation curves Inequality measures;

    JEL classification:

    • J71 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination - - - Hiring and Firing
    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement

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