Residential Segregation in Urban India


Adukia, Asher, Novosad, and Tan. Working Paper. “Residential Segregation in Urban India”. NEUDC 2019


Using new administrative data from 3000 cities and over 100,000 urban neighborhoods, we study residential segregation in urban India. We focus on two historically marginalized groups: Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (SC/STs) and Muslims. On average, both groups are concentrated in poorer cities, but Muslims much more so. Cities with more Muslims are characterized by worse access to schools, doctors and public hospitals, while cities with more SC/STs have better access. Within cities, lower consumption and access to public goods characterize both SC/ST and Muslim neighborhoods. The distribution of segregation in India is similar to that in U.S. cities. Cities segregated along religious lines are also segregated along caste lines. Cities with fewer minorities are more segregated, the opposite pattern of the United States. Caste segregation is associated with worse economic outcomes for both SC/STs and non-SC/STs, but the latter to a lesser extent. SC/STs have worse access to public goods in more segregated cities. Younger cities are less segregated than older cities by caste but not religion, suggesting that caste is becoming less salient in cities.
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