Document Type

Honors Project


This honors thesis examines how individuals displaced by gentrification fare after relocation, with changes in wage and income as the primary measures of well-being. Geo-coded Panel Study of Income Dynamics data is used in conjunction with decennial census tract-level neighborhood data to evaluate nationwide occurrences of gentrification and their effects on the displaced between 1990 and 1995, with a focus on whether changing neighborhood effects can account for the change in well-being. Standard OLS regressions not accounting for neighborhood effects find that compared to a nationwide sample, a sample of movers, and a sample of displaced residents, residents displaced specifically by gentrification do not experience statistically significant wage or income changes. When neighborhood effects are considered, being displaced by gentrification has varying effects on wage and income, and changes in wage and income, which vary based on which neighborhood characteristic is being considered. These effects vary greatly in their consistency with neighborhood effects theory, suggesting that analysis would benefit greatly from improved data.


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