From Brown to Busing
Department of Economics, Dartmouth College; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
University of California, San Diego (UCSD) - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
Ethan G. Lewis
Dartmouth College - Department of Economics
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Department of Policy Studies
NBER Working Paper No. w13279
An extensive literature debates the causes and consequences of the desegregation of American schools in the twentieth century. Despite the social importance of desegregation and the magnitude of the literature, we have lacked a comprehensive accounting of the basic facts of school desegregation. This paper uses newly assembled data to document when and how Southern school districts desegregated as well as the extent of court involvement in the desegregation process over the two full decades after Brown. We also examine heterogeneity in the path to desegregation by district characteristics. The results suggest that the existing quantitative literature, which generally either begins in 1968 and focuses on the role of federal courts in larger urban districts or relies on highly aggregated data, often tells an incomplete story of desegregation.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 55
Date posted: July 23, 2007
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