Issues in Measuring Differential Access to Public Services

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This paper discusses the problems in interpreting the correlation coefficient as a measure of geographical accessibility to public services by income groups. As an alternative a relative index is proposed which incorporates the unique limits to the correlation coefficient in any area and thus allows meaningful comparison of results between areas and services. To illustrate the use and interpretation of the relative index an empirical analysis of differential access is presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)383-389
Number of pages7
JournalUrban Studies
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 1982
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Urban Studies


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