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Multilevel Modeling of Social Segregation

George Leckie, Rebecca Pillinger, Kelvyn Jones and Harvey Goldstein
Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics
Vol. 37, No. 1 (February 2012), pp. 3-30
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41429210
Page Count: 28
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Abstract

The traditional approach to measuring segregation is based upon descriptive, non-model-based indices. A recently proposed alternative is multilevel modeling. The authors further develop the argument for a multilevel modeling approach by first describing and expanding upon its notable advantages, which include an ability to model segregation at a number of scales simultaneously. The authors then propose a major extension to this approach by introducing a simple simulation method that allows traditional descriptive indices to be reformulated within a modeling framework. The multilevel approach and the simulation method are illustrated with an application that models recent social segregation among schools in London, UK.

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