Parallel Lives? Ethnic Segregation in Schools and Neighbourhoods

50 Pages Posted: 14 Jul 2008

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Simon M. Burgess

University of Bristol - Department of Economics; University of Bristol - Leverhulme Centre for Market and Public Organisation (CMPO); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Ruth Lupton

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)

Deborah Wilson

University of Bristol - Department of Economics

Date Written: June 2005

Abstract

We provide evidence on the extent of ethnic segregation experienced by children across secondary schools and neighbourhoods (wards). Using 2001 Schools Census and Population Census data we employ the indices of dissimilarity and isolation and compare patterns of segregation across nine ethnic groups, and across Local Education Authorities in England. Looking at both schools and neighbourhoods, we find high levels of segregation for the different groups, along with considerable variation across England. We find consistently higher segregation for South Asian pupils than for Black pupils. For most ethnic groups children are more segregated at school than in their neighbourhood. We analyse the relative degree of segregation and show that high population density is associated with high relative school segregation.

JEL Classification: J7, J16, J42

Suggested Citation

Burgess, Simon and Lupton, Ruth and Wilson, Deborah, Parallel Lives? Ethnic Segregation in Schools and Neighbourhoods (June 2005). LSE STICERD Research Paper No. CASE101. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1159332

Simon Burgess

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University of Bristol - Leverhulme Centre for Market and Public Organisation (CMPO)

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Ruth Lupton

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) ( email )

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United Kingdom

Deborah Wilson

University of Bristol - Department of Economics ( email )

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Bristol BS8 ITN
United Kingdom

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