Handbook of Research on Economic and Social Well-Being
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Handbook of Research on Economic and Social Well-Being

Edited by Conchita D’Ambrosio

The past decade has been characterized by a burgeoning interest in new concepts of individual and social well-being. The impetus for this new research has stemmed from increased demand from policy makers and civil society for measures of progress that go beyond the traditional measures of GDP, as well as improved datasets allowing individuals and households to be tracked over their life course. The aim of this Handbook is to chart these developments and provide extensive surveys of many of the recent themes that have emerged in the research literature. Some of the topics addressed include poverty. relative deprivation and satisfaction, economic insecurity, social exclusion and inequality, income and social polarization, and social fractionalization and diversity. Each topic is first analyzed from a theoretical perspective, followed by detailed empirical discussion.
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Chapter 22: Segregation: empirical findings

Ricardo Mora and Jacques Silber

Abstract

This chapter attempts to review the empirical literature covering various aspects of segregation: residential segregation by race or income, occupational segregation by gender and race, and ethnic group and school segregation. Given the huge number of studies covering these different facets of segregation, this chapter presents a more detailed survey of school than of occupational or residential segregation, and its main focus is on the United States, although findings concerning occupational or residential segregation in other parts of the world are also mentioned. Special attention is given to two topics: the difficulty of evaluating the impact of school desegregation policies, and the specificity of residential segregation measurement which requires the use of spatial indices.

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