Title

Measuring school segregation

Campus Units

Economics

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Submitted Manuscript

Publication Date

2011

Journal or Book Title

Journal of Economic Theory

Volume

146

Issue

1

First Page or Article ID Number

1

Last Page

38

DOI

10.1016/j.jet.2010.10.008

Abstract

Using only ordinal axioms, we characterize several multigroup school segregation indices: the Atkinson indices for the class of school districts with a given fixed number of ethnic groups and the Mutual Information index for the class of all districts. Properties of other school segregation indices are also discussed. In an empirical application, we document a weakening of the effect of ethnicity on school assignment from 1987/1988 to 2007/2008. We also show that segregation between districts within cities currently accounts for 33% of total segregation. Segregation between states, driven mainly by the distinct residential patterns of Hispanics, contributes another 32%.

JEL Classification

C43, D63