The spatial dimension of human capital segregation: An empirical investigation for Seoul, Korea

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This research note examines changes in the spatial patterns of human capital segregation in Seoul, Korea from 1995 to 2005, and investigates whether spatial clusters of human capital can be isolated across neighborhoods in the metropolitan area. The major finding is that the proportion of college-educated individuals in the population aged 25 years and over increased significantly over the 1995-2005 period, and human capital segregation declined. However, the spatial distribution of human capital is by nature clustered and tends to be more clustered over the period. The neighborhoods with relatively high level of human capital tend to be localized close to other neighboring areas with high level of human capital. Most of these neighborhoods are located in the southern parts of Seoul, and these spatial clusters, which can be considered as hot spots of human capital, persist throughout the period. These results may have important implications for how the spatial dimension of human capital segregation contributes to the manner through which neighborhood effects of human capital impact metropolitan socioeconomic outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)682-690
Number of pages9
JournalSocial Science Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Dec 1


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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