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Parallel lives? Ethnic segregation in the playground and the neighbourhood

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  • Simon Burgess
  • Ruth Lupton
  • Deborah Wilson

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We provide evidence on the extent of ethnic segregation experienced by children across secondary schools and neighbourhoods (wards). Using 2001 Schools Census and Population Census data we employ the indices of dissimilarity and isolation and compare patterns of segregation across nine ethnic groups, and across Local Education Authorities in England. Looking at both schools and neighbourhoods, we find high levels of segregation for the different groups, along with considerable variation across England. We find consistently higher segregation for South Asian pupils than for Black pupils. For most ethnic groups children are more segregated in the playground than in their neighbourhood. We analyse the relative degree of segregation and show that high population density is associated with high relative school segregation.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Bristol, UK in its series The Centre for Market and Public Organisation with number 04/094.

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Length: 51 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2004
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Handle: RePEc:bri:cmpowp:04/094

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  1. George J. Borjas, 1997. "To Ghetto or Not to Ghetto: Ethnicity and Residential Segregation," NBER Working Papers 6176, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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  1. Simon Burgess & Brendon McConnell & Carol Propper & Deborah Wilson, 2004. "Sorting and Choice in English Secondary Schools," The Centre for Market and Public Organisation 04/111, Department of Economics, University of Bristol, UK.
  2. Feng, Zhiqiang & van Ham, Maarten & Boyle, Paul & Raab, Gillian M., 2012. "A Longitudinal Study of Migration Propensities for Mixed Ethnic Unions in England and Wales," IZA Discussion Papers 6394, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  3. Smyth, Emer & Darmody, Merike & McGinnity, Frances & Byrne, Delma, 2009. "Adapting to Diversity: Irish Schools and Newcomer Students," Research Series, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), number RS8.

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