The Impact of School Racial Compositions on Neighborhood Racial Compositions: Evidence from School Redistricting

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Jeffrey Weinstein

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

Date Written: July 2016

Abstract

I use data surrounding public school redistricting to study how school racial compositions affect neighborhood racial compositions. This redistricting followed from the end of court‐ordered busing for racial desegregation, significantly changing the racial composition of the assigned school for many neighborhoods. Over a 5‐year period, the impact of an increase in the percent black of the assigned elementary school on the percent black of the neighborhood was positive. The effects increased over time, consistent with a simple model of short‐run neighborhood racial dynamics. These results have implications for potential effects of school racial desegregation policy changes on neighborhood racial compositions.

JEL Classification: H75, I28, R23

Suggested Citation

Weinstein, Jeffrey, The Impact of School Racial Compositions on Neighborhood Racial Compositions: Evidence from School Redistricting (July 2016). Economic Inquiry, Vol. 54, Issue 3, pp. 1365-1382, 2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2777787 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecin.12329

Jeffrey Weinstein (Contact Author)

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation ( email )

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