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Geocoding and Measurement of Neighborhood Socioeconomic Position: A U.S. Perspective

Nancy Krieger, Sally Zierler, Joseph W. Hogan, Pamela Waterman, Jarvis Chen, Kerry Lemieux and Annie Gjelsvik

in Neighborhoods and Health

Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9780195138382
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865505 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195138382.003.0007
Geocoding and Measurement of Neighborhood Socioeconomic Position: A U.S. Perspective

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This chapter focuses on conceptual and methodologic issues germane to public health monitoring in the United States. Many of the concepts, methods, and questions, however, are likely to be relevant to other countries as well as to etiologic studies of neighborhood effects on health and other aspects of well-being. It argues that data on the socioeconomic characteristics of neighborhoods—whether compositional or contextual—can be useful for describing and monitoring social inequalities in health.

Keywords: public health; social inequalities; United States; neighborhood research; socioeconomic characterisitics

Chapter.  11411 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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