Income Inequality and Residential Segregation in European Cities

Tiit Tammaru*, Anastasia Sinitsyna, Alireza Akhavizadegan, Maarten van Ham, Szymon Marcińczak, Sako Musterd

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Based on extensive research with distinguished scholars within the book project ‘Socioeconomic Segregation in European Capital Cities’, this chapter summarizes the key trends in income inequality and socioeconomic segregation in Europe. We draw our data from the two last census rounds, and we focus on the most common indicators of income inequality (Gini Index) and residential segregation (Dissimilarity Index). We find that levels of residential segregation grew between the two last censuses in most of the cities included in our study. Changes in residential segregation follow changes in income inequality with a time lag, and it tends to happen in both directions. Low levels of income inequality relate to low levels of segregation after 10 years, and high levels of inequality relate to high levels of segregation after 10 years.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUrban Inequality and Segregation in Europe and China
Subtitle of host publicationTowards a New Dialogue
EditorsGwilym Pryce, Ya Ping Wang, Yu Chen, Jingjing Shan, Houkai Wei
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-74544-8
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-74543-1
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

NameUrban Book Series
ISSN (Print)2365-757X
ISSN (Electronic)2365-7588


  • Comparative urban studies
  • Europe
  • Income inequality
  • Residential segregation


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