Measuring the Relationship of Residential Segregation and Robbery

Erika Poulsen, Rutgers University

This presentation will demonstrate spatial measures of residential segregation within cities that can be used to examine the relationship segregation has with locations of robbery incidents. Many studies have examined the relationship of crime with segregation using the Index of Dissimilarity, and the P* index to measure the unevenness of and isolation between racial and ethnic groups respectively. These studies examined the segregation rates and the crime rates as citywide statistics. This presentation expands on these studies by examining the unevenness and isolation within cities to see if the distribution of robberies co-varies with segregation. In addition, this presentation further expands research by including the spatial segregation measures of centralization, concentration and clustering as defined by Massey and Denton (1988).

Massey, D.S. and Denton, N.A. (1988). The Dimensions of Residential Segregation. Social Forces, 67(2):281-315.

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