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The Divergence Index: A Decomposable Measure of Segregation and Inequality

@article{Roberto2015TheDI,
  title={The Divergence Index: A Decomposable Measure of Segregation and Inequality},
  author={Elizabeth Roberto},
  journal={arXiv: Methodology},
  year={2015}
}
  • E. Roberto
  • Published 5 August 2015
  • Economics, Sociology
  • arXiv: Methodology
Decomposition analysis is a critical tool for understanding the social and spatial dimensions of inequality, segregation, and diversity. In this paper, I propose a new measure - the Divergence Index - to address the need for a decomposable measure of segregation. Although the Information Theory Index has been used to decompose segregation within and between communities, I argue that it measures relative diversity not segregation. I demonstrate the importance of this conceptual distinction with… 

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