The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Neighbours and Neighbourhoods

  • Ingrid Gould Ellen
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The concept of neighbourhood has long been a topic of popular discourse and a subject of academic interest. Despite this attention, there is little agreement on what the term ‘neighbourhood’ means. The American Heritage Dictionary (Pickett 2000) simply defines a neighbourhood as ‘a district or an area with distinctive characteristics’.


Census data Chicago School of Sociology Employment Externalities Hedonic regression analysis House prices Human capital Neighbourhood Networks Residential segregation Social capital Tipping Zoning 

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