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When are Ghettos Bad? Lessons from Immigrant Segregation in the United States


David M. Cutler


Harvard University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)

Edward L. Glaeser


Harvard University - John F. Kennedy School of Government, Department of Economics; Brookings Institution; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Jacob L. Vigdor


National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

May 2007

NBER Working Paper No. w13082

Abstract:     
Recent literature on the relationship between ethnic or racial segregation and outcomes has failed to produce a consensus view of the role of ghettos; some studies suggest that residence in an enclave is beneficial, some reach the opposite conclusion, and still others imply that any relationship is small. This paper presents new evidence on this relationship using data on first-generation immigrants in the United States. Using average group characteristics as instruments for segregation, controlling for individual characteristics and both metropolitan area and country-of-origin fixed effects, we estimate impacts of residential concentration that vary with group human capital levels. Residential concentration can be beneficial, but primarily for more educated groups. The mean impact of residential concentration varies across measures, which may illuminate some of the causal mechanisms relating segregation to outcomes.

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Date posted: June 27, 2007  

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Cutler, David M. and Glaeser, Edward L. and Vigdor, Jacob L., When are Ghettos Bad? Lessons from Immigrant Segregation in the United States (May 2007). NBER Working Paper No. w13082. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=986932

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