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CELEMIN, Juan P. Asociación espacial entre fragmentación socioeconómica y ambiental en la ciudad de Mar del Plata, Argentina. EURE (Santiago) [online]. 2012, vol.38, n.113, pp.33-51. ISSN 0250-7161.

Is there a relationship between peoples' socioeconomic level and the quality of the environment in which they live? To answer this question, spatial autocorrelation was used to associate a social and economic index with an environmental one, using the census tracts of Mar del Plata (Argentina). This demonstrated a positive answer to the question, i.e. those who possess economic resources have the capacity to live in a healthy environment. The integration of the variables ofthese two indices in a cluster analysis showed a spatial configuration similar to that obtained with the spatial autocorrelation. This reflected the need to improve environmental conditions in those lessfavoredsectors as, in addition to the economic context, a healthy environment is one ofthe factors necessary for good quality oflife.

Keywords : urban fragmentation; segregation; quality oflife; environmental quality; environmental indicators.

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