Divided Cities

Understanding Intra-urban Inequalities

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This report provides an assessment of spatial inequalities and segregation in cities and metropolitan areas from multiple perspectives. The chapters in the report focus on a subset of OECD countries and non-member economies, and provide new insights on cross-cutting issues for city neighbourhooods, such as the patterns of segregation across income groups, migrant concentration and diversity across cities of different sizes, the role of public transport accessibility in widening intra-city inequalities, and the expected path dependency on outcomes related to segregation. The report also discusses methodological alternatives for measuring different dimensions of inequality and segregation across cities, and highlights the role of public policies in bridging urban divides and the relevance of the scale of analysis in order to make sound international comparisons.



Divided Cities: Understanding Income Segregation in OECD Metropolitan Areas

This chapter provides an assessment of income segregation levels within cities in 12 countries. It also provides an analysis of the characteristics of cities associated with income segregation. Within-city variation in income segregation is measured using a fine‑grained method for obtaining spatial entropy indexes based on gridded income data. This measurement approach, applied to the EC-OECD functional urban areas, minimises the biases due to different administrative boundaries and allows robust international comparability. The results may inform public policy in domains connected to urban development, including housing and transport.


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