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The Effect of School Choice and Residential Location on the Racial Segregation of Students

Improving School Accountability

ISBN: 978-0-76231-351-8, eISBN: 978-1-84950-446-1

Publication date: 25 August 2006

Abstract

The pattern of racial segregation in U.S. elementary and secondary schools has changed significantly over the last 25 years. This chapter examines the relationship between the racial composition of schools and the choices white parents make concerning the schools their children attend. Restricted access files at the Bureau of the Census allow us to identify each household's Census block of residence and, in turn, suburban public school districts and urban public school attendance areas. We find that the racial composition of schools and neighborhoods are very important in the school and location decisions of white families.

Citation

Lankford, H. and Wyckoff, J. (2006), "The Effect of School Choice and Residential Location on the Racial Segregation of Students", Gronberg, T.J. and Jansen, D.W. (Ed.) Improving School Accountability (Advances in Applied Microeconomics, Vol. 14), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 185-239. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0278-0984(06)14008-0

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