Re-evaluating Tipping and the Dynamics of Segregation

2019-05-23T16:35:01Z (GMT) by Bo Malmberg William Clark
Abstract: Empirical studies of Schelling models of segregation have focused on tipping point processes whereby once the minority presence in a neighborhood reaches a particular level, the white population leaves. Commonly, white flight has been identified in a number of empirical analyses including a study by Card Mas and Rothstein (2008) who found that there was strong evidence of discontinuities in white mobility flows around specific tipping points. We re-examine the nature of tipping by specifically considering the role of income in the tipping process. We show that income based sorting modifies the tendency to Schelling-like complete segregation and is consistent with observed changes in segregation patterns in Sweden.