Multilevel modelling of social segregation

G.B Leckie, R.J Pillinger, K Jones, H Goldstein

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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.
Translated title of the contributionMultilevel modelling of social segregation
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-30
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics
Issue number1
Early online date14 Jun 2011
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2012

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Other: Available online as of June 2011


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


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