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dc.contributor.authorOto Peralias, Daniel
dc.identifier.citationOto Peralias , D 2018 , ' What do street names tell us? The 'city-text' as socio-cultural data ' , Journal of Economic Geography , vol. 18 , no. 1 , pp. 187-211 .
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dc.descriptionFinancial support by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland through grant number 70433 is gratefully acknowledged.en
dc.description.abstractThis paper proposes the use of street names as a source of geographic-specific cultural data for quantitative analysis in social sciences. Street names reflect the cumulative commemorative decisions of municipalities and, as such, can be used as proxies for their social and cultural characteristics, which is particularly useful given the scarcity of cultural data at the local level. The utility of street names as a data source is illustrated through the study of religiosity and local economic development. The street-name indicator of religiosity is shown to be strongly correlated with the cultural factor it is supposed to capture, and appears to be negatively related to economic development at the local level. Finally, the article explores a range of other potential empirical applications to important topics in social sciences.
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dc.rightsCopyright © 2017, the Author. Published by Oxford University Press. This work is made available online in accordance with the publisher’s policies. This is the author created, accepted version manuscript following peer review and may differ slightly from the final published version. The final published version of this work is available at
dc.subjectStreet namesen
dc.subjectquantitative analysisen
dc.subjectLocal-level analysisen
dc.subjectLocal economic developmenten
dc.subjectHD Industries. Land use. Laboren
dc.subjectHF Commerceen
dc.titleWhat do street names tell us? The 'city-text' as socio-cultural dataen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.School of Managementen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Centre for Responsible Banking and Financeen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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