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Re: st: Herfindahl, segregation index

From   Austin Nichols <>
Subject   Re: st: Herfindahl, segregation index
Date   Wed, 26 Jan 2011 10:44:45 -0500

Tomeka Davis <> :
If you want the HHI, calculate the sum of squared shares directly,
perhaps using -egen- or -by- a couple of times, but if you want to use
the user-written -seg- on SSC you should check out its references,
particularly the 2002 paper by the same author:

James, David R. and Karl E. Taeuber. 1985. "Measures of segregation."
      Sociological Methodology 14:1-32
Massey, Douglas S. and Nancy A. Denton. 1988. "The dimensions of racial
      segregation." Social Forces 67:281-315.
Reardon, Sean F., and Glenn Firebaugh. 2002. "Measures of multigroup
      segregation."  Sociological Methodology 32: 33-67.
White, Michael J. 1986. "Segregation and diversity measures in population
      distribution." Population Index 52:198-221.
Zoloth, Barbara S. 1976. "Alternative measures of school segregation." Land
      Economics 52:278-298.

On Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 9:23 AM, Tomeka Davis <> wrote:
> Hello -
> I would like to compute a racial segregation index for a set of data.  I know -seg- will allow me to do this, but I am not clear on which of the indices computed by -seg- is similar to the Herfindahl.  I would appreciate any advice.

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