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How segregated is urban consumption?

Author(s): Davis, Donald R; Dingel, Jonathan I; Monras, Joan; Morales, Eduardo

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Abstract: © 2019 by The University of Chicago. All rights reserved. We provide measures of ethnic and racial segregation in urban con-sumption. Using Yelp reviews, we estimate how spatial and social fric-tions influence restaurant visits within New York City. Transit time plays a first-order role in consumption choices, so consumption segregation partly reflects residential segregation. Social frictions also affect restaurant choices: individuals are less likely to visit venues in neighborhoods demographically different from their own. While spatial and social fric-tions jointly produce significant levels of consumption segregation, we find that restaurant consumption is only about half as segregated as residences. Consumption segregation owes more to social than spatial frictions.
Publication Date: 1-Jun-2019
Citation: Davis, DR, Dingel, JI, Monras, J, Morales, E. (2019). How segregated is urban consumption?. Journal of Political Economy, 10.1086/701680
DOI: doi:10.1086/701680
ISSN: 0022-3808
EISSN: 1537-534X
Pages: 1 - 55
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: Journal of Political Economy
Version: Final published version. Article is made available in OAR by the publisher's permission or policy.

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