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Accession Number: 201265
Title: Intergenerational Neighborhood-Type Mobility: Examining Differences between Blacks and Whites
Author(s): Vartanian, Thomas P.
Buck, Page Walker
Gleason, Phillip
Publication Date: 2007
Availability: Housing Studies, Volume 22:5, pp. 833-56;
Descriptors: mobility; panel study; neighborhood quality; residential choice; demographics; poverty
Abstract: Using sibling data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics linked with US Census data, this paper examines the intergenerational nature of neighborhood quality. It is hypothesized that the quality of where one resides as an adult is a function of one's childhood neighborhood through the conditioning and constraining of adult residential choice. Further, it is posited that this relationship varies by race and is stronger for those living in the most disadvantaged neighborhoods, especially blacks. Descriptively, the study finds that childhood neighborhood conditions of black and white children are vastly different. Few whites live in the most disadvantaged neighborhoods, and few blacks live in the most advantaged neighborhoods. The sibling fixed effect regression results confirm the hypothesis that childhood neighborhood disadvantage has negative effects on adult neighborhood quality for those living in the lowest quality, race-specific neighborhoods.