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Is There "White Flight" Into Private Schools? Evidence From The National Educational Longitudinal Survey

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  • Robert W. Fairlie
  • Alexandra M. Resch

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Using a recently released confidential data set from the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES), we find some evidence of "white flight" from public schools into private schools partly in response to minority schoolchildren. We also examine whether white flight is from all minorities or only from certain minority groups, delineated by race or income. We find that white families are fleeing public schools with large concentrations of poor minority schoolchildren. In addition, the clearest flight appears to occur from poor black schoolchildren. The results for white flight from Asians and Hispanics are less clear. © 2002 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Article provided by MIT Press in its journal The Review of Economics and Statistics.

Volume (Year): 84 (2002)
Issue (Month): 1 (February)
Pages: 21-33

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  1. Leonid V. Azarnert, 2011. "Integrated Public Education, Fertility and Human Capita," Working Papers, Bar-Ilan University, Department of Economics 2011-24, Bar-Ilan University, Department of Economics.
  2. Gerdes, Christer, 2010. "Does Immigration Induce ‘Native Flight’ from Public Schools? Evidence from a large scale voucher program," SULCIS Working Papers, Stockholm University Linnaeus Center for Integration Studies - SULCIS 2010:1, Stockholm University Linnaeus Center for Integration Studies - SULCIS.
  3. David Brasington & Diane Hite, . "School Choice: Supporters and Opponents," Departmental Working Papers, Department of Economics, Louisiana State University 2007-10, Department of Economics, Louisiana State University.
  4. Leonid V. Azarnert, 2008. "Involuntary Integration in Public Education, Fertility and Human Capital," Working Papers, Bar-Ilan University, Department of Economics 2008-07, Bar-Ilan University, Department of Economics.
  5. William Clark & Regan Maas, 2012. "Schools, Neighborhoods and Selection: Outcomes Across Metropolitan Los Angeles," Population Research and Policy Review, Springer, Springer, vol. 31(3), pages 339-360, June.
  6. Francisco Martínez Mora, 2004. "Opting-out and income mixing in urban economies:the role of neighborhood effects," Economic Working Papers at Centro de Estudios Andaluces, Centro de Estudios Andaluces E2004/67, Centro de Estudios Andaluces.

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