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Neighbourhood effects on young people’s future living conditions: longitudinal findings from Sweden
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI).
2012 (English)In: International Journal of Social Welfare, ISSN 1369-6866, E-ISSN 1468-2397, Vol. 21, no 4, 325-337 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Neighbourhood effects on young people's future living conditions: longitudinal findings from Sweden Using extensive longitudinal data for three Swedish birth cohorts born in the late 1970s, this study asked whether the social characteristics of the neighbourhood affect future outcomes that are important for their living conditions (labour-market participation, economic hardship and criminality). To assist decision-making about the balance between area-targeted policies and wider form of social interventions at the individual level, this study also assessed whether the estimated impact of neighbourhood context has any bearing on the effect of preventive interventions directed at distressed neighbourhoods. The overall findings suggest that there is no clear evidence that the impact of neighbourhood varies sufficiently between the different types of neighbourhoods when selection and other confounding factors have been taken into consideration. It is concluded that the estimated effect of neighbourhood on youth development does not underpin area-targeted policies directed at distressed neighbourhoods.

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2012. Vol. 21, no 4, 325-337 p.
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neighbourhood effects, contextual effects, residential segregation, longitudinal study, Sweden
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-79447DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2397.2011.00842.xISI: 000308304400002OAI: diva2:549089
Available from: 2012-09-03 Created: 2012-09-03 Last updated: 2012-10-17Bibliographically approved

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