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Evolutionary analysis of neighborhood decline using multilevel selection theory

Journal article
Authors Sharmistha Bagchi-Sen
R.C Weaver
Published in Annals of the Association of American Geographers
Volume 104
Issue 4
Pages 765-783
ISSN 0004-5608
Publication year 2014
Published at Department of Economy and Society, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE)
Pages 765-783
Language en
Keywords MLS theory,
Subject categories Economics and Business, Human Geography, Economic Geography, Other Social Sciences


This article proposes an analytical framework of neighborhood decline grounded in evolutionary multilevel selection (MLS) theory. We demonstrate that MLS allows for the unification of at least two distinct theoretical approaches—the ecological and the political economy approaches—to analyzing urban change. From these developments we generate three hypotheses about intracity dynamics. The hypotheses are tested with longitudinal data using space–time regression, simulation, and spatial hedonic methods.

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