The welfare consequences of the suburbanisation of poverty in UK cities: air pollution and school quality

Bailey, N. , Stewart, J. L. and Minton, J. (2019) The welfare consequences of the suburbanisation of poverty in UK cities: air pollution and school quality. Urban Development Issues, 61(1), pp. 15-32. (doi: 10.2478/udi-2019-0003)

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The suburbanisation of poverty has been noted in the cities of a large number of countries, including the UK. The main drivers are labour market restructuring on the one hand, and market-driven change in the housing system on the other although social and housing policies are also factors. This paper explores the possible consequences for the welfare of low-income groups in relation to two dimensions: exposure to air pollution and access to good quality schools. Results show that, for these groups, suburbanisation has had mixed impacts on welfare. In most cities, suburbanisation is likely to bring improvements in air quality but there are only a minority where it improves access to good quality schools. Overall, it is clear that suburbanising low income households enjoy fewer of the benefits of suburban locations than middle class households.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:The research for this paper was made possible by the ESRC’s funding for the Urban Big Data Centre (ES/L011921/1).
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bailey, Professor Nick and Stewart, Dr Joanna and Minton, Dr Jonathan
Authors: Bailey, N., Stewart, J. L., and Minton, J.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:Urban Development Issues
Publisher:Institute of Urban and Regional Development
ISSN (Online):2544-6258
Published Online:12 April 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 The Authors
First Published:First published in Urban Development Issues 61(1):15-32
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
651921Urban Big Data Research CentrePiyushimita ThakuriahEconomic and Social Research Council (ESRC)ES/L011921/1SPS - URBAN STUDIES
3040420UBDC Centre TransitionNick BaileyEconomic and Social Research Council (ESRC)ES/S007105/1S&PS - Administration