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  • AbstractIn this article, we tackle the issue of sorting at the metropolitan area by utilizing an alternative methodological approach that permits us to avoid problems plaguing earlier studies. For this analysis, we take two Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) as our test cases: the Houston MSA and the Atlanta MSA. For each metropolitan area, we employ Monte Carlo computer simulations to randomly create a large number of metropolitan “jurisdictional” groupings. Based upon these Monte Carlos, we are able to estimate the level of jurisdictional homogeneity that is attributable to random chance. The observed levels of sorting, including the increasing homogeneity as populations decrease, are entirely consistent with what one might find if clusters of households were randomly grouped together into municipalities.

publication date

  • November 1, 2006

has restriction

  • closed

Date in CU Experts

  • November 2, 2013 12:14 PM

Full Author List

  • Bickers K; Engstrom RN

author count

  • 2

Other Profiles

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1541-132X

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1541-1338

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 1181

end page

  • 1198


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