Black Pioneers, Intermetropolitan Movers, and Housing Desegregation

32 Pages Posted: 3 Apr 2016 Last revised: 23 Apr 2016

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Yana Kucheva

The City College of New York

Richard H. Sander

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law

Date Written: March 1, 2016

Abstract

In this project, we examine the mobility choices of black households between 1960 and 2000. We use household-level Decennial Census data geocoded down to the census tract level. Our results indicate that, for black households, one’s status as an intermetropolitan migrant – especially from an urban area outside the South – is a powerful predictor of pioneering into a white neighborhood. Moreover, and perhaps even more importantly, the ratio of these intermetropolitan black arrivals to the incumbent metropolitan black population is a powerful predictor of whether a metropolitan area experiences substantial declines in housing segregation.

Suggested Citation

Kucheva, Yana and Sander, Richard H., Black Pioneers, Intermetropolitan Movers, and Housing Desegregation (March 1, 2016). US Census Bureau Center for Economic Studies Paper No. CES-WP-16-23; UCLA School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 16-21. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2757766 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2757766

Yana Kucheva

The City College of New York ( email )

160 Convent Ave
New York, NY 10039
United States

Richard H. Sander (Contact Author)

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law ( email )

385 Charles E. Young Dr. East
Room 1242
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1476
United States

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