Effects of spatial contextual characteristics on personal income

Ana Petrović, Maarten van Ham (TU Delft), David Manley (University of Bristol)

What is the relationship between your neighbourhood and your individual income? This research question will be answered in this pilot project (completed early 2019).

To investigate this, TU Delft has divided the entire inhabited part of the Netherlands into grid cells, squares of 101 different sizes from 100 m2 to 10 km2. For each size, two contextual characteristics – the proportion of residents with a non-Western background and the number of low-income earners – are linked up with individual characteristics such as income. The results differ widely between grid sizes, which shows how important this research is. In the Remote Access environment of Statistics Netherlands (CBS), computing the datasets took four months. Processing time will be considerably shorter with the ODISSEI Secure Supercomputer (OSSC), which means more variables can be analysed.

Presentation TU Delft-pilot (2 October 2018) (pdf)