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Journal article
Diversity and Neighbourhood Satisfaction
Monica Langella and Alan Manning
July 2019
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Tags: crime; ethnicity; neighborhood

This article investigates the impact of ethnic diversity on individuals' satisfaction with their neighbourhoods. It uses panel data and a variety of empirical methods to control for potential endogeneity of diversity and of location choices. We find that a higher white share raises overall satisfaction with the neighbourhood in our (overwhelming white) sample, but has no significant impact on generalised trust or other commonly used measures of social capital. We suggest that part of the impact of diversity on overall neighbourhood satisfaction may be through an effect on fear of crime, though we find no effect on actual crime. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Royal Economic Society.