Valuing cultural diversity of cities
David Maré; Jacques Poot
Abstract – Tuhinga Whakarāpopoto
This paper estimates the impact local cultural diversity has on city wage and rent premiums, and whether diversity is a source of local production and/or consumption of amenities. Cultural diversity is measured by birthplace, ethnicity, or religion. The researchers find that the presence of people from different cultural backgrounds enhances the profitability of urban firms. In contrast, a city’s population has a weak preference for living near others who are culturally like them. The effects are stronger in larger cities.
Other reports associated with this research
Maré, D. & Poot, J. (2019). Commuting to diversity. New Zealand Population Review, 45, 125–159.
Maré, D. & Poot, J. (2019). Commuting to diversity. Motu Working Paper 19-20 for Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities: Thriving Regions. November 2019, 35pgs. Wellington: Motu Economic and Public Policy Research.
Articles associated with this research – Karere Tūhono
News: Commuting to diversity
18 May 2020: Does commuting increase workers’ exposure to difference and diversity? The uneven spatial distribution of different population subgroups within cities is well documented. Individual neighbourhoods are generally less diverse than cities as a whole. Building Better researchers David Maré from Motu and Jacques Poot investigate. >> Read More
Keywords – Kupu Hāngai
diversity, population demographics, community, cultural diversity, residential segregation, economics, migration, urban development, fractionalisation, local amenity, urban wages and rents, hedonic regression
Fields of Research – Āpure Rangahau
Geography; Urban Studies; Population Demographics
Date – Te Wā Whakarewa
Type – Te Auaha
Collections – Kohinga Kaupapa
- Te Tai Tokerau / Northern Aoteoroa New Zealand
- Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland
- Hauraki-Waikato / North Western North Island
- Waiariki (Tauranga, Whakatāne, Rotorua, Taupo)
- Te Tai Hauāuru / Western North Island
- Ikaroa-Rawhiti / East Coast and Pōneke / Wellington
- Te Waipounamu / South Island
- He Pā Harakeke / Thriving Regions
- Hapori / Community
- Mana Tangata / Mental Health and Wellbeing
Citation – Kupu Hautoa
Maré, D. & Poot, J. (2019). Valuing cultural diversity of cities. Motu Working Paper 19-05 for Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities: Thriving Regions. October 2019, 50pgs. Wellington: Motu Economic and Public Policy Research.