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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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    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.


    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


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