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Effets de voisinage et localisation : la ségrégation urbaine est-elle inéluctable ?


  • Fabien Moizeau

    () (CREM - Université de Rennes1)

  • Jean-Philippe Tropeano

    () (GAEL (INRA) - Université Pierre Mendès France)

  • Jean-Christophe Vergnaud

    () (Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne)


In this paper, we provide a theoretical framework for exploring the consequences of neighborhood informational effects - identified as role models - so as to deduce the urban configuration. With this aim, we have developed an overlapping generations model of community formation. When young, an individual must choose whether to invest in education or not. The crucial feature of our framework is that children assess the economic pay-off of education by observing the experience of the older genneration residing in their neighborhood. When an adult, an individual who cares about her offspring's income must choose the family's location. We show that there exist two urban configurations. (i) An integrated city may occur where the socio-economic composition of each neighborhood makes its inhabitants well informed and therefore willing to invest in education. (ii) A segregated city may emerge where socio-economic segreegation makes the inhabitants of poor communities be misinformed about the benefits of education.

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  • Fabien Moizeau & Jean-Philippe Tropeano & Jean-Christophe Vergnaud, 2008. "Effets de voisinage et localisation : la ségrégation urbaine est-elle inéluctable ?," Documents de travail du Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne v08072, Université Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris 1), Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne.
  • Handle: RePEc:mse:cesdoc:v08072

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    1. Lionel Page, 2010. "Experimental Economics method to study pupils motivation," Revue d'économie politique, Dalloz, vol. 120(5), pages 779-792.

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    Credibility; commitment; monetary policy; fiscal policy; policy mix.;

    JEL classification:

    • D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution
    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
    • I2 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • R1 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics

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