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Johnson, James H., Jr.; Oliver, Melvin L.; & Bobo, Lawrence D. (1994). Understanding the Contours of Deepening Urban Inequality: Theoretical Underpinnings and Research Design of a Multi-City Study. Urban Geography, 15(1), 77-89.


Funded principally by the Ford Foundation and the Russell Sage Foundation, the Multi-City Study of Urban Inequality (MCSUI)—a primary data gathering initiative undertaken by an interdisciplinary team of social and behavioral scientists—is designed to advance our knowledge and understanding of the forces responsible for the growing schism between the haves and the have-nots in urban America over the last two decades. This paper highlights the study's research design and sampling frame, identifies the types of research and policy issues that will be addressed with the data collected, and discusses the significance and expected outcomes of the research.


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Urban Geography


Johnson, James H., Jr.
Oliver, Melvin L.
Bobo, Lawrence D.