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From Brown to Busing


Elizabeth Cascio


Department of Economics, Dartmouth College; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Nora Gordon


University of California, San Diego (UCSD) - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Ethan G. Lewis


Dartmouth College - Department of Economics

Sarah Reber


University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Department of Policy Studies

July 2007

NBER Working Paper No. w13279

Abstract:     
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.

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Date posted: July 23, 2007  

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Cascio, Elizabeth and Gordon, Nora and Lewis, Ethan G. and Reber, Sarah, From Brown to Busing (July 2007). NBER Working Paper No. w13279. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1002058

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Elizabeth Cascio (Contact Author)
Department of Economics, Dartmouth College ( email )
Hanover, NH 03755
United States
National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
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Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
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Nora Elizabeth Gordon
University of California, San Diego (UCSD) - Department of Economics ( email )
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United States
National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
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Cambridge, MA 02138
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Ethan G. Lewis
Dartmouth College - Department of Economics ( email )
Hanover, NH 03755
United States
Sarah Johanna Reber
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Department of Policy Studies ( email )
Los Angeles, CA
United States
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