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More Evidence of the 'Neighborhood Effect'

Two recent studies find evidence of a powerful "neighborhood effect" for economic mobility—especially on the incomes of blue collar and service workers as compared to knowledge and creative workers.
January 16, 2015, 1pm PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Richard Florida shares news of two recent studies that explain the "neighborhood effect":

"The first [PDF], by Princeton University sociologist Douglas Massey and Jonathan Rothwell, an economist with the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program, examines how the neighborhood in which one lives for the first 16 years of life affects future income between the ages of 30 and 44."

"A second study [PDF] by my Martin Prosperity Institute colleagues Charlotta Mellander, Kevin Stolarick and José Lobo examines how neighborhood location affects the money people make. The study looks at the effects of residential neighborhoods and workplace neighborhoods on individuals’ incomes in Sweden between 2002 and 2011." 

Florida details the findings and implications of each of the studies as well as summing up their importance thusly: "This work is essential to understanding why certain places grow while others do not, and how the powerful divides and segregations within our cities can and will echo into the future."  

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Published on Friday, January 16, 2015 in CityLab
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