A note on the length of the black-white border

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Two simple models of racial prejudice and household location predict that the black area in a city will be of the shape that minimizes the length of the black-white border. This note provides a way to test these models by showing, for a variety of assumptions about urban structure, that in a city with a population more than about 10% black, the black-white border will be shorter if the black area is wedge-shaped than if it is circular.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)370-382
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Urban Economics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1976
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Urban Studies


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