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School Desegregation and Urban Change: Evidence from City Boundaries

Author(s): Boustan, Leah P.

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Abstract: I examine changes in the city-suburban housing price gap in metropolitan areas with and without court-ordered desegregation plans over the 1970s, narrowing my comparison to housing units on opposite sides of district boundaries. Desegregation of public schools in central cities reduced the demand for urban residence, leading urban housing prices and rents to decline by 6 percent relative to neighboring suburbs. Aversion to integration was due both to changes in peer composition and to student reassignment to nonneighborhood schools. The associated reduction in the urban tax base imposed a fiscal externality on remaining urban residents.
Publication Date: Jan-2012
Citation: Platt Boustan, Leah. (2012). School Desegregation and Urban Change: Evidence from City Boundaries. American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 4 (1), 85 - 108. doi:10.1257/app.4.1.85
DOI: doi:10.1257/app.4.1.85
ISSN: 1945-7782
EISSN: 1945-7790
Pages: 85 - 108
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: American Economic Journal: Applied Economics
Version: Final published version. Article is made available in OAR by the publisher's permission or policy.

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