Policy Press

Economic segregation in England

Causes, consequences and policy

By Geoffrey Meen, Kenneth Gibb, Jennifer Goody, Thomas McGrath and Jane Mackinnon


Dec 7, 2005

Page count

80 pages




297 x 210 mm


Policy Press
Economic segregation in England

One of the key objectives of government neighbourhood policy is to encourage a sustainable mix of tenures and incomes. This report addresses questions of why integration has been so difficult to achieve in practice and draws conclusions for future policy.

The report analyses data from three related empirical studies. The first models, locally, the links between housing, labour markets, migration, deprivation and segregation. The second examines the factors behind the individual moving decisions that lie at the heart of segregation and how policy can influence choices. The third presents three case studies. These are the first empirical studies of their kind to show how segregation and deprivation arise.

Economic segregation in Britain is aimed at policy practitioners, economists and academics working in the fields of housing and neighbourhood revitalisation. Although the report deals with technical modelling issues, it is written in a style accessible to the non-specialist. 

Geoffrey Meen is Professor of Applied Economics at The University of Reading, UK. Kenneth Gibb is Reader and Head of the Department of Urban Studies at the University of Glasgow, UK. Jennifer Goody is a management consultant and partner in the Peter Brown Partnership, UK, specialising in data analysis. Thomas McGrath is a research officer at The University of Reading. Jane Mackinnon is a research associate at the University of Glasgow.

Introduction; Concepts and methods; Are mixed communities desirable? The poverty of place; The patterns of segregation in England; The dynamics of local housing markets; Migration and location; Explaining patterns of segregation and deprivation; Mixed communities: evidence from case studies; Golden rules for developing mixed communities.

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