Over the past thirty years, public policy in Rome has failed to effectively address a rising level of socio-economic inequality. Indicators such as level of education or number of household members appear to be geographically concentrated and sensitive to the distance from the city centre.
The hypothesis that socio-spatial inequalities strongly influence economic performance and foster political instability has been subject to numerous empirical investigations.Nevertheless, studies of specific urban contexts are not common. The absence of empirical applications at this scale is probably due to the fact that variables used for analysing the economic and social performance of regions are difficult to quantify or inapplicable at the micro level.
The purpose of this paper is to examine the spatial distribution of socioeconomic inequalities in the municipal territory of Rome and to explore the conditions that account for them. We will analyse the spatial distribution of urban quality indicators and socio-economic profiles with data from different sources, aggregated at the neighbourhood level.