Understanding neighbourhood population dynamics for neighbourhood effects research: A review of recent evidence and data source developments

Bailey, N. , Barnes, H., Livingston, M. and Maclennan, D. (2013) Understanding neighbourhood population dynamics for neighbourhood effects research: A review of recent evidence and data source developments. In: van Ham, M., Manley, D., Bailey, N., Simpson, L. and Maclennan, D. (eds.) Understanding Neighbourhood Dynamics: New Insights for Neighbourhood Effects Research. Springer: Dordrecht, pp. 23-42. ISBN 9789400748538 (doi: 10.1007/978-94-007-4854-5_2)

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This chapter reviews what is known about patterns of residential mobility and selective migration, in order to provide a clearer understanding of these dynamics on which to build research on neighbourhood effects. Three findings of research on residential mobility and population turnover are discussed: The first one is that neighbourhood characteristics have a relatively weak influence on the desire to move, on moving intentions and on actual mobility. The second one is that general indicators of satisfaction with the neighbourhood appear to be more closely related to the desire to move and to moving intentions than indicators measuring specific aspects of the neighbourhood. And the third one is that neighbourhood change may be a stronger driver for moving intentions than current neighbourhood characteristics. The literature review concludes that residential mobility and selective migration are both heavily influenced by ageing and life-course events. It also concludes that neighbourhood context may be defined as much by flows as by static or cross-sectional characteristics. As a consequence, complex neighbourhood typologies can be constructed. Finally, the chapter concludes that responses to a given neighbourhood context may be more varied and subjective than previously assumed. It is suggested that neighbourhood characteristics themselves matter less than how individuals respond to them, and these responses are generally not very well understood using quantitative modelling.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:MacLennan, Professor Duncan and Bailey, Professor Nick and Livingston, Dr Mark
Authors: Bailey, N., Barnes, H., Livingston, M., and Maclennan, D.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
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381001Social justice and public policy seminar seriesNick BaileyEconomic & Social Research Council (ESRC)RES-451-26-0305SPS - URBAN STUDIES