How does immigration affect local house prices?

A complex picture One of the concerns raised in debates about immigration is the impact on house prices. The rising population caused by immigration is argued to push up prices as a result of increased demand. How much prices rise will depend on how quickly new construction responds to price changes, but a positive price effect is anticipated nonetheless. This

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The impact of immigration on local housing market for England and Wales

The focus of this research, carried out by doctoral student Cathy Zhu, is on the impact of immigration on local housing market for England and Wales. In particular, the effect on local level house prices is examined through various econometric techniques which are commonly used to infer causality. To help gauge immigration as a positive or negative force on house

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Social mix: improved local services through social capital?

This research, currently being carried out by doctoral student Johanna Jokio, looks at the relationship between social mix and local services in Scottish neighbourhoods. The main aim is to examine how access to and quality of local services vary with neighbourhood composition and, secondly, whether the access to services is related to an areas’ social capital. To obtain measures of

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Segregation literature review

In this project we were aiming to understand how segregation is defined and measured. In particular, we were interested in the dimensions of segregation that different measures are trying to capture, and the pros and cons of different measurement approaches. The review has a critical element to it in that we sought to ascertain whether a segregation index is measuring

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Quantifying uncertainty in segregation measurement

In the vast literature on segregation measurement, only a handful of papers attempt to address the issue of inference – computing confidence intervals for example for the index of dissimilarity and related measures. Quantifying uncertainty is important if we are to address basic questions about whether there have been genuine changes in segregation over time or between cities. For example,

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Modelling social boundaries and the interconnectedness of place

This project, carried out by Dr Nema Dean and Dr Jonathan Minton, aimed to move beyond simple use of social mix as an indicator of residential segregation. An area can have a high degree of social mix but a low level of social integration and two areas can be very different and yet have a shallow/blurred boundary, while other contrasting

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House price impacts of social and environmental (dis)amenities

House prices are a very useful tool for estimating the economic value of a particular social or environmental impact. By controlling variations in house quality and size it is possible to identify the effect proximity to a particular phenomenon has on house value, revealing people’s willingness to pay to avoid or access that phenomenon. We were particularly interested in estimating

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Sorting models and economic evaluation of social and environmental (Dis)Amenities

One of the main approaches in the literature for estimating the economic value of the reduction in crime or the improvement in school performance is to use differences in house price changes to compute the willingness to pay for these improvements. However, such improvements are likely to change the social mix of the affected neighbourhoods. Failure to take into account

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Urban Segregation and Inequality outputs

Researchers from the USI programme of research have produced a diverse range of outputs, including data maps, briefings and 3D models. AQMeN briefing papers to date are listed here: Poverty in suburbia: has Glasgow gone the way of American cities? – November 2014 Religious segregation in Belfast: detecting real change in patterns of population movement – October 2015 Impact Case

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