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    Civic engagement and socio-economic proximity in urban areas

    Andriani, Luca and Angelini, P.P. and Filippetti, Andrea (2023) Civic engagement and socio-economic proximity in urban areas. Spatial Economic Analysis , ISSN 1742-1772.

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    Abstract

    Diversity boosts innovation and creativity in urban contexts, but it can also undermine civicness by negatively impacting individuals’ trust of other citizens, also hampering economic and institutional performance. By employing a spatial analysis approach using geocoded data from 5,776 residents in three major urban Italian areas, we explore whether sharing geographical space in a context of socio-economic difference (in terms of income and education), affects individuals’ choices to be civically engaged. The evidence reveals that the geographical proximity of an individual to others with different socio-economic characteristics decreases their civic engagement (CE). A key challenge when designing urban policies is to reconcile the positive effects of diversity as it influences different economic-societal aspects, with the associated social tensions.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Business School
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2023 05:57
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:20
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/50694

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