Measuring Segregation and Controlling for Independent Variables

Kalter, Frank

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Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2000
The title of a journal, publication series: Arbeitspapiere / Mannheimer Zentrum für Europäische Sozialforschung = Working papers
Volume: 19
Place of publication: Mannheim
ISSN: 1437-8574
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department A
Subject: 300 Social sciences, sociology, anthropology
Abstract: This paper suggests a procedure to control for independent variables in the measurement of segregation by linking the well known Index of Dissimilarity and the Multinomial Logit Model. While the first one may be considered as a standard macro measure of inequality, the latter one is a typical tool to analyze the determinants of individual behavior and attainment. Combining both enables a judgement or a comparison of inequality structures taking into account respective distributions of relevant influential variables. After a short review of the debates on segregation indexes, the technique is described in detail. It is further illustrated using an example dealing with the assimilation by family types of foreigners in the Federal Republic of Germany. It is demonstrated that the method may be a helpful tool to come to more adequate judgements concerning the development of inequality structures.

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