Making Our Neighborhoods, Making Our Selves: A Review Essay
Journal of Economic Literature
no. 3, September 2023
This essay reviews Making Our Neighborhoods, Making Our Selves, in which George C. Galster provides an overview of the literatures on neighborhood formation and neighborhood effects. I see two clear ways that Making Our
Neighborhoods will serve as a reference strengthening these literatures. Given the state of the literature on neighborhood effects, which is often still at the stage of testing the existence and magnitude of such effects, the author's framework for
classifying the types of heterogeneity we might observe in neighborhood effects will be a valuable tool for researchers. And since the literature on neighborhood formation approaches the issues from a disparate set of fields, the author's presentation of
individual actors shaping neighborhood dynamics while using ideas of equilibrium, belief formation, equity and efficiency, and unpriced externalities should help unify understanding of the economic approach to neighborhood formation. While the author
certainly does not shy away from race, I argue that several parts of the presentation would be clearer if they were tied more directly to racial segregation.
"Making Our Neighborhoods, Making Our Selves: A Review Essay."
Journal of Economic Literature,
Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief; Unawareness
General Welfare; Well-Being
Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination
Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics: Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population; Neighborhood Characteristics
Housing Supply and Markets
Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification