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Multilevel modelling of social segregation

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-30
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics
Issue number1
Early online date14 Jun 2011
DateE-pub ahead of print - 14 Jun 2011
DatePublished (current) - 1 Feb 2012


The traditional approach to measuring segregation is based upon descriptive, non-model-based indices. A recently proposed alternative is multilevel modeling. The authors further develop the argument for a multilevel modeling approach by first describing and expanding upon its notable advantages, which include an ability to model segregation at a number of scales simultaneously. The authors then propose a major extension to this approach by introducing a simple simulation method that allows traditional descriptive indices to be reformulated within a modeling framework. The multilevel approach and the simulation method are illustrated with an application that models recent social segregation among schools in London, UK.

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    Research areas

  • binomial response model, hierarchical linear models, multilevel models, Segregation indices, social segregation

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