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Differentiated social interactions in the US schooling race gap

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  • Luis J. Hall

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    (Universidad de Costa Rica)

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    I show how differences in the schooling achievement of white and nonwhite teenagers across US cities can be explained in a context where teenagers have different values of their interactions with individuals belonging to their same racial group versus individuals belonging to other racial groups. Following an approach of differences in conditional variances, I establish the conditions for the identification of the coefficient of differences in social interactions. Using the US census data, I find that teenagers within a city place more value on the decisions of teenagers in their same racial group than to teenagers in different racial groups.

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    Paper provided by Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Económicas, S.A. (Ivie) in its series Working Papers. Serie AD with number 2010-17.

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    Length: 43 pages
    Date of creation: Apr 2010
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    Publication status: Published by Ivie
    Handle: RePEc:ivi:wpasad:2010-17

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    Keywords: race; social interaction; schooling.;

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    1. Case, A.C. & Katz, L.F., 1991. "The Company You Keep: The Effects Of Family And Neighborhood On Disadvantaged Younths," Harvard Institute of Economic Research Working Papers 1555, Harvard - Institute of Economic Research.
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    4. Manski, Charles F, 1993. "Identification of Endogenous Social Effects: The Reflection Problem," Review of Economic Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 60(3), pages 531-42, July.
    5. Bryan S. Graham, 2008. "Identifying Social Interactions Through Conditional Variance Restrictions," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 76(3), pages 643-660, 05.
    6. Cutler, David M & Glaeser, Edward L, 1997. "Are Ghettos Good or Bad?," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, MIT Press, vol. 112(3), pages 827-72, August.
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