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Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Spatially Integrated Social Science

Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Spatially Integrated Social Science

Handbooks of Research Methods and Applications series

Edited by Robert Stimson

The chapters in this book provide coverage of the theoretical underpinnings and methodologies that typify research using a Spatially Integrated Social Science (SISS) approach. This insightful Handbook is intended chiefly as a primer for students and budding researchers who wish to investigate social, economic and behavioural phenomena by giving explicit consideration to the roles of space and place. The majority of chapters provide an emphasis on demonstrating applications of methods, tools and techniques that are used in SISS research, including long-established and relatively new approaches.

Chapter 15: Spatial indexes: a focus on segregation

Martin Watts

Subjects: economics and finance, regional economics, geography, economic geography, environmental geography, human geography, research methods in geography, research methods, research methods in economics, research methods in geography, urban and regional studies, regional economics, research methods in urban and regional studies


In the social sciences, it is common for summary measures – often called indexes – of different phenomena to be constructed, often drawing on detailed data sets. These indexes include consumer price and stock market indexes, income inequality and various forms of segregation, including residential, occupational and school by gender and race, and also school segregation by socio-economic status. For example, in its quarterly survey, the Australian Bureau of Statistics and similar agencies in other countries collect price data based on a typical basket of goods and services purchased by households. This data is used for the construction of the Consumer Price Index (CPI). While some prices will be increasing and some will be declining, the change in the value of the index from one month to the next reveals the dominant overall movement of prices. Current and anticipated movements in the CPI impact on the setting of interest rates by the Central Bank, which is a key component of macroeconomic policy in many countries. Likewise, stock market indexes, such as the FTSE (UK), ASX200 (Australia) and Dow Jones (USA), are quoted during the working week. Daily changes in these indexes indicate the overall sentiment in the market. Often financial commentators will unpack these indexes and indicate the movements of the main stocks. Typically, some will have risen and some fallen.

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