Estimating the Impact of Economic Integration of Schools on Racial Integration

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Estimating the Impact of Economic Integration of Schools on Racial Integration

September 1, 2002

Abstract

In this paper, I investigate the degree to which policies that promote economic integration of public primary schools also improve racial integration. Many policymakers believe that economic school integration is important for promoting equal opportunities, and a number of school districts already use economic characteristics of students to help integrate their schools. In addition, due to numerous legal challenges to racial desegregation in public schools, it is increasingly important to analyze the effects of alternative policies that, while not designed to affect racial desegregation, may impact it. Economic integration is one such policy. (Divided We Fail: Coming Together through Public School Choice. Century Foundation Task Force on the Common School Report. New York: Century Foundation Press, September 2002.)

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