Segregation through the Lens of Housing Unit Transition: What Roles Do the Prior Residents, the Local Micro-Neighborhood, and the Broader Neighborhood Play?
John Hipp, University of California, Irvine
This study focuses on segregation as it plays out at the micro-level of housing unit transition. Employing a unique sample that places housing units into micro-neighborhoods and census tracts, this study tests whether the characteristics of the previous residents of the unit, the local micro-neighborhood, or the broader tract better explain the race/ethnicity of the new residents in a housing unit. The results show that the racial/ethnic composition of the local micro-neighborhood has even stronger effects on the race/ethnicity of the new residents than does the racial/ethnic composition of the broader census tract. The results also reveal that even when accounting for the racial/ethnic composition of these two contexts, the race/ethnicity of the prior residents has a very strong effect on the race/ethnicity of the new residents. We consider possible explanations for this household-level effect.
Presented in Session 84: Housing and Location Choice