Spatial attainment trends of racial and ethnic groups in Houston, Texas, 1970 to 2000

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Title: Spatial attainment trends of racial and ethnic groups in Houston, Texas, 1970 to 2000
Author: Waren, Warren
Abstract: Previous research in the spatial assimilation of racial and ethnic groups has not assessed trends over time due to methodological difficulties and data limitations . I use an innovative method to assess the intercensal changes in neighborhood spatial attainment for African Americans , Hispanics , and non -Hispanic whites in Houston , Texas , between 1970 and 2000 . I extend the current literature by showing that an accepted and commonly used method for assessing longitudinal change in spatial attainment is flawed and yields incorrect results . I highlight an alternative approach which makes use of data readily available in Census Summary Files to estimate individual -level spatial attainment regressions . I also show that the choice of neighborhood size affects estimates of spatial attainment effects . Although the influence of spatial scale has been demonstrated in the segregation literature , its consequences for spatial attainment research have not . I investigate and report findings from four geographic scales useful to and commonly used by spatial attainment researchers : the block group , the Census tract , the Zip Code Tabulated Area , and the Public Use Micro Data Area . I compare the benefits and drawbacks of estimating spatial attainment at each level of geography .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /ETD -TAMU -2370
Date: 2009-05-15

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Spatial attainment trends of racial and ethnic groups in Houston, Texas, 1970 to 2000. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /ETD -TAMU -2370 .

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