The analysis of residential sorting trends: Measuring disparities in socio-spatial mobility

Tal Modai-Snir, Pnina Plaut

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Ethnic and socioeconomic segregation levels vary over time and so do the spatial levels of these segregations. Although a large body of research has focused on how residential mobility patterns produce segregation, little is known about how changing mobility patterns translate into temporal and scale variations in sorting. This article develops a methodological framework designed to explore how changing mobility patterns reflect such trends. It introduces a measure of sorting that reflects the extent of disparities among groups in their socio-spatial mobility. Trends in the direction and the extent of sorting can be exposed by computing sorting measures over consecutive periods. The measure is broken down to capture the relative contributions of residential mobility to sorting at hierarchically nested geographical units, for example cities and their constituent neighbourhoods. An empirical demonstration shows that changes in residential mobility patterns affect the magnitude and spatial level of residential sorting, which vary even over the short term.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)288-300
Number of pages13
JournalUrban Studies
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2019


  • residential mobility
  • residential sorting
  • segregation
  • socio-spatial mobility
  • sorting trends
  • spatial level

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Urban Studies


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