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Race and the micro-scale spatial concentration of poverty

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  • Daniel T. Lichter
  • Domenico Parisi
  • Michael C. Taquino
  • Brian Beaulieu

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This paper uses block-group data from the US decennial censuses to document changes in concentrated poverty. It provides several substantive and methodological lessons. First, the majority of poor sub-county areas were located (and hidden) in low poverty counties. Second, the 1990s brought large declines in the share of high-poverty (sub-county) areas and the share of people, including poor people, who lived in them. Third, poor minorities--both in metro and non-metro areas--are highly ghettoized in high-poverty neighbourhoods and are highly segregated from whites and the nonpoor population. Discussions of concentrated poverty cannot be uncoupled from minority residence patterns. Copyright 2007, Oxford University Press.

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  • Daniel T. Lichter & Domenico Parisi & Michael C. Taquino & Brian Beaulieu, 2007. "Race and the micro-scale spatial concentration of poverty," Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, Cambridge Political Economy Society, vol. 1(1), pages 51-67.
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