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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Jones, Karl Joseph
URN etd-07142014-150024
Title Local inequality in the geography of class-differentiated migration
Degree PhD
Department Community Research and Action
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Paul W. Speer Committee Chair
Douglas D. Perkins Committee Member
Marybeth Shinn Committee Member
Peter Nelson Committee Member
Richard D. Lloyd Committee Member
  • place attractivity
  • income differentiated migration
Date of Defense 2014-05-27
Availability unrestricted
Attracting affluent households and skilled labor has long been a component of local development across U.S. cities. Place attractiveness has, however, taken on a new significance over the past forty years as the diffusion of neoliberal social policy, and the development of the post-productivist economy have effectively tied the prospects of local development to the financial, social, and human capital of this select population. As prevalent as the idea may be that local development is contingent on a potentially-mobile class, there is little research on income-differentiated household migration and its local outcomes. This study considers the impact of income-differentiated household migration on locales across the U.S., and communities situated therein. Of particular interest is the relationship over time between income dispersion in place, as manifest in local income inequality and segregation, and income dispersion between places, as affected by inequality within the population of migrating households. Findings indicate that high- and low-income migration patterns are categorically distinct, affecting sociospatial fragmentation at both the local and regional level, and that class-biased approaches to local development contribute to increasing income inequality and segregation.
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