Race and School Quality Since Brown vs. Board of Education

81 Pages Posted: 11 Nov 2000 Last revised: 30 Sep 2010

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Michael Boozer

Yale University - Economic Growth Center

Alan B. Krueger

Princeton University - Industrial Relations Section; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Shari Wolkon

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: June 1992

Abstract

This paper presents evidence on the quality of schooling by race and ethnic origin in the United States. Although substantial racial segregation across schools exists, the average pupil-teacher ratio is approximately the same for black and white students. Hispanic students, however, on average have 10 percent more students per teacher. Relative to whites, blacks and Hispanics are less likely to use computers at school and at work. The implications of these differences in school quality for labor market outcomes are examined. We conclude by examining reasons for the increase in the black-white earnings gap since the mid-1970s.

Suggested Citation

Boozer, Michael A. and Krueger, Alan B. and Wolkon, Shari, Race and School Quality Since Brown vs. Board of Education (June 1992). NBER Working Paper No. w4109. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=243224

Michael A. Boozer (Contact Author)

Yale University - Economic Growth Center ( email )

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Alan B. Krueger

Princeton University - Industrial Relations Section ( email )

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Shari Wolkon

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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