Date of Award

7-1-1995

Degree Type

Thesis

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Economics

First Advisor

Dr. Charlie Carter

Abstract

The problem of America's inner cities is not far from sight. Declining population, a high incidence of unemployment and galloping crime rates are all too familiar. Like many other social issues, we must first clearly understand its root causes before proposing solutions. Household income is readily attributable and largely concentrated on when it comes to researching the process of residential location decision making. However the role of income is only one aspect of the problem, and in fact does differ among metropolitan areas. This thesis applied a logistic model to evaluate the influence of household income on the likelihood of suburban residence. The model is empirically evaluated using data on residential locational patterns in Atlanta and Birmingham metropolitan areas. Significant difference in the likelihood of suburban residence were found between these two metropolitan areas for the same level of income, indicating the different roles that factors aside from income play in residential location. In the following pages, such differences are attributed to differences in local zoning policies and effectiveness of public transportation.

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