Quantifying Gentrification in the City of Chicago by Using 1980-2000 U.S. Census Data
Over the past forty years, there has been a good amount of discussion on the topic of gentrification. However, there has been little attempt to define what constitutes gentrification in the first place, especially within urban economic literature. By means of U.S. Census data at the census tract level from 1980, 1990 and 2000, an attempt will be made to determine which regions of Chicago have experienced dramatic changes in attributes that are reasonable proxies for gentrification. First, descriptive data will be collected in order to measure changes over time, with the ultimate intention of building an equation that can predict gentrification in a given neighborhood on the basis of its characteristics.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Jan K. Brueckner
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