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Is school segregation good or bad?

Echenique, Federico and Fryer, Roland G., Jr. and Kaufman, Alex (2006) Is school segregation good or bad? American Economic Review, 96 (2). pp. 265-269. ISSN 0002-8282. doi:10.1257/000282806777212198.

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It has been well documented that segregation across schools — denying access to resources, inferior educational production functions, and so on — exacerbates racial differences in achievement. Using an individual measure of social connections within schools, we have shown that this form of segregation — Asian kids sitting together in the cafeteria — has a substantively unimportant relationship with academic achievement or social behavior in school or later in life. There are important caveats to our analysis: (a) our estimates of the relationship between within - school segregation and outcomes are not causal; and (b) friendships may not be the only relevant cross-race social interaction that occurs within a school.

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Additional Information:Copyright © American Economic Association 2008. We are grateful to Lawrence Katz and Glenn Loury for helpful comments and discussions. Katherine Barghaus and Patricia Foo provided exceptional research assistance. The usual caveat applies.
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